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How do you test for wool?

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I am felting a purse, and I am unable to tell if the skein of yarn I am using is wool. The label is long gone, but it feels similar to the other wool I am using. Is there any way to test to see if it is acrylic or wool, or do I have to go and buy another ball (that would suck since I only need a small amount)?

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Is there any way you can just go to the store and look at the skein's label?

 

Also, maybe snip a piece of your yarn to take to the store with you to see if the yarn matches the one in the store.

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I actually read about this somewhere. I'll have to think on it, but it had something to do with taking a piece of the yarn and lighting the end with a match. I believe that if it is acrylic it will melt and if it is wool it will burn slightly.

 

Oops, here I found this on the internet, it was what I was thinking of!

 

There are at least two ways of telling if your yarn is wool or acrylic.

1) take a tiny snip of yarn, light it with a match. If it smells like burning hair, it's wool. If it smells like plastic, it's acrylic.

2) put a few inches of yarn in a small jar of chlorine bleach. If it's wool it will dissolve. If it is acrylic it won't. If it is a blend, it will look like part of it has dissolved.

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I was going to say the same thing... acrylic will melt when heated.

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Natural fiber will burn, synthetic will melt. If it burns, it doesn't mean it's wool, just that it is not a synthetic.

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Burning the wool yes I never thought of that. I think though my fella would love to burn my wool lol. we might be able to get into the spare room if he did. I won`t tell him about this thread lol. especially when bonfire night will be upon us soon. xxxxx

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Thanks everyone! I will try both methods...fire and bleach. I think it is Merino wool that I got at Michaels, and it kind of looks like the other Merino wool I have, but another color. On the other hand it might be some I got from the Salvation Army, and they take their labels off, so I wouldn't know what it was. Fingers crossed that it is wool tho.:)

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