How are wool fibres chosen?

Merino farmers will first separate the fleece. Each part of the fleece is differentiated. Some, more rough parts are kept for the manufacture of carpets for example, such as the outer part of the fleece. For the manufacture of clothes it's the part closest to the skin of the sheep that is kept. It’s the animal’s down, which is softer and finer. This down is first washed and carded before being sold to spinners in the form of a wool ball. Our spinner, Schoeller, will then do the combing, dyeing and spinning. When combing, too small fibres will be ejected naturally. However, some short fibres will remain in the yarn. It is these fibres that are at the origin of the pilling phenomenon.

Where do you get the small pilling?


Your new sweater has seen the appearance of small pilling? Don’t worry, it’s a natural phenomenon. Pilling may appear during washing and during use.

 

Tips to avoid bunting


First of all, turn the garment upside down to wash. If small pilling appear, they will not be visible. (You can check out our article on washing tips for merino wool) If small bunches appear anyway do not forget that any wool, even the most qualitative it is, will tend to create small pilling on the areas most subject to friction. The bunches should then be removed by cutting them to remove them from the mesh.

 

If you intend to use your merino wool product for intense and regular physical activities, we recommend that you choose a garment from our MK2 product line. The exclusive MK2 knitting we use allows the product to be lighter, with reinforcement areas at the shoulders and at the pelvis. Air zones under the armpits for even more For the use of backpack and harness and avoid bouloches!

Tips for removing small pilling

Here are some techniques to remove the small pilling.

To get rid of them, carefully use a standard razor or or an electric "anti-bouloche razor" to shave off the small pilling. If the bouloches didn't go naturally to the washing, it's because they are hooked to the mesh of your garment. Be as delicate as if you were shaving yourself. In the same way that you risk cutting yourself if you press too hard, you risk damaging the wool.You must avoid cutting the mesh of your sweater at all costs. So be careful when shaving bouloches.

You can also use a sharp chisel that you always carefully pass to the surface of the material to cut the small bunches.