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ShantiSeamstressing
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Date: 10/19/13 10:19 PM

I don't know why nice wool blankets, like the ones from Vermont Country Store or from LLBean - queen almost $500! have to be so expensive. Or is there some reason of which I'm not aware?

Can I buy wool fabric and sew my own less expensively, or is going to be six of one, half a dozen of the other?

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Date: 10/19/13 11:45 PM

I don't know if you'd find the wool "fluffed" in the same way or in wide goods, but maybe you can buy some 54" or 60" wide wool coatweight (or some blend like alpaca/wool). A queen size would take about 5 yards. If you don't want a seam down the middle, you can run one length of 2.5 yards down the center and cut the remaining 2.5 yards in half lengthwise and join on either side. You might also look for what is known as "boiled wool" or even wool felt. I've made a camel's hair blanket before, as well as a wool brocade blanket backed with cotton sateen. They are both more than 20 years old. I have also been lucky enough to find some pre-fringed Italian wool fabrics at Exquisite Fabrics which made perfect twin size blankets. On very cold nights (rare here) I have layered wool felt in between and believe me, that stuff is warm!

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Date: 10/20/13 0:24 AM

That is just since you were lucky or unlucky enough, to have picked one that is a collectors piece and has a long history behind it.

go look here to see why maybe:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hudson%27s_Bay_point_blanket

So you are paying for all that stuff there, on just that one, and the thought of it even and not just any wool blanket, but yes, I think they got it pretty jacked up to the ceiling level at that price too. Good thing is that they do last for 50 years or more, as I do have some old ones that have just been in my family for years. But they never used to be that expensive at all either. I think you can still find a pretty nice brand new wool blanket for less than $100 or $150 instead if you look around at some other places, and not a more yuppy, name driven that the name counts for collectables kind of places.

If you only need a blanket up to 60 inches wide, you could buy fabric yardage. And just stick some blanket binding on it. But I'm not sure it would be any less expensive. Because people actually often do even buy blankets on purpose to instead to cut up for coats and capes even sometimes, as sometimes less expensive to do that, than yardage sometimes.
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Date: 10/20/13 2:00 AM

You can purchase Pendleton blanket fabrics online here. I don't see any Hudson's Bay there currently, but you can always call the mill store and they will ship it if they have it in stock. Also, the wool blanket binding. They are fairly pricey. During the month of March, they will usually have a 20% off sale.

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Date: 10/20/13 8:46 AM

Lands End has a king for 229.00. They are washable and dryable. We love ours - lightweight but warm!

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Date: 10/20/13 9:25 AM

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I don't know if you'd find the wool "fluffed" in the same way or in wide goods, but maybe you can buy some 54" or 60" wide wool coatweight (or some blend like alpaca/wool). A queen size would take about 5 yards. If you don't want a seam down the middle, you can run one length of 2.5 yards down the center and cut the remaining 2.5 yards in half lengthwise and join on either side. You might also look for what is known as "boiled wool" or even wool felt. I've made a camel's hair blanket before, as well as a wool brocade blanket backed with cotton sateen. They are both more than 20 years old. I have also been lucky enough to find some pre-fringed Italian wool fabrics at Exquisite Fabrics which made perfect twin size blankets. On very cold nights (rare here) I have layered wool felt in between and believe me, that stuff is warm!

What kind of seam finish did you use for piecing the unlined blankets? I'd love to join some nice coatweight wools together, would a flat fell seam be too bulky?

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Date: 10/20/13 10:31 AM

Rather than a felled seam, could you experiment with a zigzag or some type of fancier wide stitch so the blanket remains flat.

BTW, I have a Swedish wool blanket that I found inexpensively at a thrift store with the thought of creating some crafts - don't know what to do with it. Does anyone have any ideas?

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Date: 10/20/13 10:50 AM

Shanti - I very frequently buy beautiful quality wool blankets in thrift stores for under $10 each. The Hudson Bay point blankets are so well known that they are usually marked up to $75 - 100 and I have never seen a snuggly soft merino blanket, but certainly there are great blankets to be found for very low prices.

I toss them in the machine to wash, hang to dry. I have never had one shrink or felt up on me, even the ratty one I got from the "pet bedding" bin for a buck. It had holes and was a bit of a mess and I used it for an ironing board pad. I washed and dried it on hot, hot, hot and though it shed like crazy there was zero shrinkage.

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Date: 10/20/13 11:33 AM

I just overlapped the selvedge edges on the camel's hair and stitched with a double needle. If the selvedge is nice you can do that. Some selvedges shrink so you might end up with a rippled seam, but that hasn't happened here. The wool brocade blanket is lined, so I just used a regular seam.

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Date: 10/20/13 7:13 PM

I don't think wool blankets are as popular as they once were. Maybe stores have to special order to carry them & that makes the final cost a little higher?

We priced Hudson's Bay wool blankets a couple months back. (Dark gray color.) Gorgeous quality for $360-$398 in queen & king sizes. Made us feel glad we'd picked up a wool blanket at the thrift store. We USE it! Nobody sees it under our quilt on top, so doesn't matter it's a red color.

The wool fabric I've seen is not made like a blanket is & would need to be layered & possibly quilted for the same level of warmth.
Why not consider wool batting for a warm blanket....

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