Give It a Month: Wool

Today’s the last day in my first “Give It a Month” birthday challenge. Each month this upcoming year, I’m conquering a new quilting technique. This past month, I tried working with wool.

I’ve worked with wool a few times in the past as little accents on wall hangings, but have never dived in. A few years ago, I bought a wool snowman mini kit from Plays with Wool Designs, so thought it was the perfect season to try it!


I started by educating myself. I turned to three books to see how three different designers worked with wool. The authors all used different products and techniques, so it was a great introduction! The three books I read were:

All three authors are selling the books on their websites, so check it out if you’re interested! I also found this tutorial from Molly and Mama and this video with Leonie Bateman helpful!


Then I tested all the suggested tools. I think it’s so important when you’re trying a new technique to test things first, so you feel comfortable with the products you’re using. And since all the authors had favorite products, it gave me a chance to figure out which ones I liked best!

I tested three thread types, three needles, two scissors, and four adhesives/pins. I made a little stitch sampler to test the different needles with each of the thread types. I tested two types of stitches (a straight stitch for embroidery accents and a blanket-stitch for wool applique). I held the wool appliqué piece in place with all my adhesive/pin options, and then tested cutting curves and points with the two scissors. I made sure to label everything, so I could remember what products I liked best. Here’s what I tested:

After testing, I chose my favorites! I preferred the chenille needle for sewing through multiple layers of wool and getting accurate stitches, but appreciated the embroidery needles for my detail stitching on one layer of wool. I liked the embroidery floss best, as I’m used to working with it and thought the other options were too bulky for the work I was doing. I liked the iron-on adhesive for smaller wool pieces and the fork pins for larger pieces. I couldn’t get the glues to stick, but have heard from others that they work for them. (Note: I did not test the freezer paper method of doing wool applique, because I ended up loving the iron-on fusible method. But that’s another option to explore in the future!) And I settled on the 5″ shears for the tiny shapes I was cutting, but liked both scissor options.

I’ve linked all my favorite tools and resources here.


Next, I started on my project using my favorite tools! I was traveling a lot during the month, so I loved that this project was easily portable! It traveled to both South Dakota and Texas with me. Word of warning: wool requires accurate stitch placement to cover the appliqué edges, so it’s not ideal for very windy or bumpy car rides. (I’m speaking from experience here!)

I used two strands of embroidery floss for my stitches and used blanket stitches, running stitches, whip stitches, and French knots. Here’s a great list of basic stitch instructions.

Final verdict:

So after a month of working with wool, would I do it again? Absolutely! I loved the process and it was a lot easier than I expected — and I love how it doesn’t have to be perfect to be charming. Wool isn’t my personal decor aesthetic, so I will most likely save wool for holiday or seasonal projects. Wool is also a little pricey and you usually need multiple colors for a project, so I appreciated buying a kit that had tiny cuts of all the different colors of wool, so I didn’t need to buy more wool than I needed. But it was so relaxing to sit down with fuzzy material and make something by hand.

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Thanks for joining me for “happy hour,”


Have you ever worked with wool? I’d love to hear your experience in the comments!


  1. I have been doing wool applique for about 10 years, would rather do it then piece. My go-to supplies are a little different. I use Valdani thread, either #8 or 12 depending on what I’m doing. My needle of choice–which ever is handy that the eye is big enough to get the thread through. I am always misplacing my scissors so I have several different pairs and over the years have learned to make all of them work. I like to fuse with Steam a Steam Lite 2 as lots of my work is done in the truck traveling with hubby, so fused doesn’t get any of my pieces lost. I find it most relaxing and I buy patterns and books from many designers but my all time favorite is Lisa Bogean from Primitive Gatherings.


    1. Love these suggestions! It’s great that everyone can find the tools and products that work the best for them — there are so many great ones out there! And I also love Lisa Bongean! I’ll need to check out her shop for kits!


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