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#1 of 3 Old 10-23-2003, 04:56 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I was just reading in the Diapering Resources about how to restore a wool cover that has been shrunken by soaking it it water and hair conditioner. Why does this work? Does it work on felted wool? Does it make the wool fibers "slippery" and allow them to expand, rather than be locked to one another?

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I haven't a clue. I'd like to know if it *really* works.

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well basically wool is hair, and by felting it you are 'tangling' it all up (imagine dred locks?-looks a LOT like felted wool) and it shrinks up because they get really curly due to heat and processing so it makes it shrink (wool that is) now if you could smooth out those hairs a bit you could pull it out of the 'tangle' and stretch it some!

So yes your right it makes the hairs slippery and allows you to 'untangle' some of the fibers so you can stretch it out. I haven't had to try it but I hear it really does work! ~
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