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Quick Tip: Storing Wool Effectively

Usually, several projects are going on at once in my creative life. Because many are design-related, it means I’m amassing all sorts of odd lots that don’t store so easily! Currently I’m preparing to work with wool in a few different ways. I’ll be recycling thrift-store sweaters, upcycling them into chic new fashion and home accessories.

Wool is a natural material that is very attractive to moths. Whether you have family heirloom blankets, well-loved sweaters, or an assortment of crafting materials, there is one thing you can do to make it hard for moths to attack your precious wool: make storage airtight. Plastic bins are a natural choice for containment, but all lids aren’t made equal. Find good quality tubs with tops that suction as they close; loose-fitting lids will put your possessions at risk. Plastic vaccuum-sealed bags are another great option. Oversized freezer storage bags are a handy way to separate your skeins of yarn and loose roving, while providing another level of protection. Don’t forget about sun exposure! If your bins are clear, they shouldn’t be exposed to direct sunlight, or even the elements of a bright room. Consign them to a closet – or get opaque color bins if they must remain out in the open.

Finally, clean furniture and carpets around your stash on a regular basis. This promotes a clean environment that can help reduce unwanted guests.

And now, I’m off to do some felting.

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