- Small Farm Wool
- GOTS organic sateen fabric
- Machine Tufted
- Elastic straps included
Made locally for us with our wool and our fabric by St. Peter’s Woolen mill, this topper will demonstrate the amazing properties of wool. The composition and shape of wool’s fiber make it uniquely soothing. Wool can resonate with your body like nothing else as it shares the same protein as our skin and our hair.
If you want comfort with support and temperature regulating abilities and moisture absorbing abilities and a long lasting fiber, a wool topper is right for you. If you want a spongy, traditional feeling pillow top layer, purchase a piece of soft latex. Wool is soft but certainly not spongy. When comparing firmness to latex, it is most closely compared with a medium slab of latex, though the feel is not bouncy but instead consistently plush.
Inside the organic fabric is wool batting. Wool batting starts out very lofty. If you sleep under it as a comforter, it will retain its loft. If you sleep on it, as a topper, it will compress to about 2/3 its height. This is worth noting because if you want even compression on your topper, you will need to occasionally rotate it to sleep on it sideways and flip it too. Instructions are here. As your topper smooths out, the tufts will go completely unnoticed, though they will have been barely noticeable to begin with. While the feel of the topper will change from cloud like to smooth after a few months, you will still feel the cushioning layer beneath you, the fibers stretching instead of merely bending with your movements.
Crib: 2 lbs. wool
Twin/ Twin XL: 4 lbs. wool
Full: 5.75 lbs. wool
Queen: 6.75 lbs. wool
King: 8.5 lbs. wool
Cal-King: 8.5 lbs. wool
A DIY version of the Wool Topper is now here! Check out its Pattern page as well as its Kit page, which includes the pattern as well as the needed supplies.
A Wool Topper Pattern is available here in our Supplies Section of the store.
A Wool Topper Kit which includes the pattern as well as the supplies is available here in our Kit section of the store.
The wool topper pattern uses pictures as well as directions, dimensions and pictures to explain how to sew a wool topper for your bed.
The pattern is EASY to follow, especially if you skip the optional zipper step. It covers how to sew the fabric, how to layer the wool batts inside, and where to place your tufts. The fabric may be hand sewn; a machine is not needed.
The zipper option is included in the pattern so that when you reloft your wool in 8 years, instead of unstitching two seams, you merely unzip it and untuft it. Then you send your wool to a mill for rewashing and carding. When it comes time to reassemble, all you need to do is layer the wool inside, zip it shut and tuft again.
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Should your wool topper become soiled and need to be washed, you may HAND WASH it gently. Vinegar or hydrogen peroxide may also be used for sanitizing or spot cleaning.
DIRECTIONS for WASHING
Shrinking is caused in part by the rubbing of the fibers against each other. As the fibers are rubbed against each other, they intertwine, shortening the length of the wool fiber. Avoid agitating the wool. Avoid using soap unless necessary. Strong soaps will raise the PH of the wool and cause it to felt easily. Drastic heat changes in the water will also cause the wool to felt.
- Let your topper float, submerged in a tub full of tepid water.
- Push it down and around until no bubbles appear.
- Let it sit. As it sits, you will see the dust being released and floating on the surface of the water. If you choose to choose a soap, use a wool soap such as Eucalan.
- Drain water and fill again if rinse is desired.
- Drain water and press out the extra water in the comforter. You may use the centrifugal force of the spin cycle in your washing machine to wring extra water out.
- Hang up or ideally lay flat to dry in the sun to dry. Sunlight is a natural sanitizer. Do not use an automatic dryer as it will mat the wool.
After it has dried for a day or so, you should have a fresh smelling, lofty wool topper, ready to use.
Usually after about 8 years, customers desire the wool refreshed by washing and relofting. This process is called recarding and will restore your topper to its original fluffiness. While the mill requires new fabric to be used if they sew it back up, if you sewed their own topper, they can just wash and card the wool and send it back to you. The process costs a little more than half the price of a new topper as you are not paying for the wool again, just the labor and fabric.