Wool Facts


There is a reason why people have been hanging around with flocks of sheep for about as long as anyone has been keeping track. As far as fiber goes, it doesn’t get much better than wool. Here are just a few things that make wool so great:

•    Wool is fire retardant, water resistant, static resistant and wear resistant.
•    Wool has excellent insulating properties that will keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
•    Wool can absorb up to 30% of its weight in water without feeling damp, making it comfortable even in the most uncomfortable situations. 
•    Wool is resilient and light weight.
•    Wool is biodegradable.
•    Wool is reusable.
•    Wool is a renewable resource.


With hundreds of sheep breeds out there, wool is a very diverse fiber. Through centuries of selection, wool types have been developed to suite almost every need. Below you’ll find information and resources to explore the long history and expansive world of wool and the fiber arts.


Wool is a great choice as a sustainable textile. Learn more about it in our blog series, Wool Textiles and the R's of Sustainability: Rethink and Refuse, Reduce and Reuse, Repair and Recycle, and Rot


For more information on why wool is biodegradable and fire-resistant, check out the information available through the International Wool Textile Organisation!