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I'm looking to do some charity squares,I have alot of unmarked yarn,is there a test to tell if its acrylic,I remember something about a lit match,is it that it bubbles up if its acrylic and not wool,thanks in advance.Linda

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Here is a link to the different results you will get for the different types of fiber, if you burn a yarn sample. I have also heard that if you put a sample in bleach and it dissolves completely, it is wool, not so completely a wool blend. Hope this helps.

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Very useful info on that link, thanks!

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Thank you,that helps me out alot.Linda

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Here is a tip I got from the felting forum - crochet a couple of stitches and rub under running water. If the sample felts, it's wool. Easier and safer than burning or bleaching!

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Daina, not all wool felts, and even some that does won't do it that easily. I find that burning is the quickest and most reliable test. Synthetics melt into a hard shiney ball, wool and other naturals form an ash.

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