Velona Needlecraft

Care of Wool Handknits


A garment made from quality wools will look as good as new 40 years later.

Many people try to protect their garments and moth balls are commonly used. But wait! Moth balls contain the chemical 'para dichlorobenzene' which, in certain circumstances, can be extremely dangerous to a person's liver and nervous system. After 22 years in the yarn business, in our opinion, even moderate use of moth balls will cause more harm to you and your family than to the moths. We encourage you to throw them away today!

Most people have some misconceptions concerning moths 'eating wool'. These are myths. Moths do not 'eat' wool. The damage is caused by the liquid excreted by the larvae which breaks down the wool thus creating a 'perk' hole. Quality wool yarns and quality made garments are treated to shun moths. Tightly woven, tightly knitted, and machine knitted garments are more susceptible to these 'moth holes' simply because the larvae's liquid will pool in the garment and ultimately damage the wool.

Of course, there are other critters in a household, such as crickets, silverfish, and carpet beetles.

How can you protect your precious woolens? These hints are very useful:

If you follow these simple procedures, you will have a good measure of protection for your delicate natural fiber garments.

Visit us soon for an article on "How to Wash and Clean' natural fiber garments.

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