Sponsor Giveaway: Wool from Heavens to Betsy

Heavens to Betsy, purveyor of 100% milled wool, recently became a True Up sponsor, and immediately sent me all this gorgeous wool to divvy up. Now, this stuff is just scrumptious. It is woven, not felted/fulled, and the colors are deep, saturated, and beautiful. All the fabrics are 58-60″ wide, about 12oz./yard, and available as yardage. It is definitely soft enough to be worn against the skin (but I love how wool feels and I know some people have lower itch thresholds!). In addition to timeless plaids and stripes, there are a few heathered solids in the mix.

Now, I’ve sewn some with wool felt but not much with woven wool, so I’m wondering what to do with it, other than stare and touch! The Heavens to Betsy blog and Flickr group have plenty of ideas — quilting, rug hooking, stuffed toys, clothing (this stuff is perfect for coats), bags, pillows, scarves, blankets … but I’m wondering what you’re envisioning.

I want as many people as possible to experience this wool in person, so I’m giving away four bundles of two half-yards each (I have to hoard a little for myself!) For your chance to win, leave a comment on this post telling me a project, even a commercial pattern, that you think you’d use with these fabrics. I’ll pick the winners next Wednesday, Feb. 23, around noon central U.S. time. This giveaway is open to readers worldwide.

Erica, the owner of Heavens to Betsy, provides some tips on working with their wool:

Wool most often has two sides that look alike because of it being woven. This can be an advantage but … The best tip is to ALWAYS “label” ( I use a flower head pin, With the flower on the right side) the right side when cutting for a pattern – especially garments- It is very easy to make a perfect pleated pocket and sew it to the wrong side of a coat panel without noticing until you go to attach the panel.

Wool should be washed first before using. Wash in the washer in warm water and place in the dryer as normal. This will tighten the weave (some call this felting). It will not shrink after that as long as you use the same process. Although, hot water will shrink it more and make it thicker ( good for some projects).


  1. Cristalle says:

    I’ve been dying to make a buttoned cape like this one that Lulu has made.

  2. Marsha says:

    Hubby and I are going to Western Canada next June. I would love to make a jacket using one of these gorgeous wools!

  3. Jenn says:

    I’d love to try making a wool quilt! I would love to touch those fabrics!

  4. Diana says:

    I would use this gorgeous wool to make the beautiful capelet from the Sew Everything Workshop book or maybe the patchwork scarf from Denyse Schmidt’s book. Great stuff. Going to the website to look right now.

  5. Briana says:

    I think that wool wants to be turned into some knee-length a-line skirts for work!

  6. SarahB says:

    I love wool! I would have to make a skirt or two for my girls, and I’d probably use the Oliver + S Music Class pattern (http://www.oliverands.com/patterns/skirts/patterns6.phtml) as I did for the last wool skirt I made them (and a 1/2yd is enough for 1 little girl’s skirt!). I would also love to make patchwork and applique pillows for the living room. These colors and plaids just make me want to make a autumn tree with all colors of dimensional leaves!

  7. grace says:

    i’d have to make a small wool skirt for my tot and a pair of pants for the little one on the way. also, would love to make a pillow – those colors are great!

  8. Jessica says:

    Oh, so many ideas! A tweedy messenger bag for the BF to carry, an A-line skirt for me, plus faux-fur lined wrist warmers a la katiemosa.com for the both of us!

  9. Michelle says:

    Hi, new to your blog! I love penny rugs and would make a beautiful runner for my table using Heavens to Betsy wool. I have no idea what pattern I would use, but it doesn’t matter as the hardest part is cutting into the wool! Eek! I like to just sit and stare at it for days and days until I get the nerve to cut it. lol. I haven’t had the chance to check it out her wool in person myself and have fingers and toes crossed for this one!

  10. Nikkee says:

    If I were to win the woll I’d love to make a wool skirt. I don’t have a pattern in mind really. I plan to make one. I have this old picture of my mom in the 60s/70s in a beautiful wool skirt.. Every time I look at that picture I want her clothes =) This would give me the perfect opportunity to make them

  11. punky says:

    A skirt, a jacket, or a couple of comfy throw pillows for the couch!

  12. Jenny G. says:

    I would probably make a skirt for myself or maybe a couple of pillows. These are nice in that they are different colors than you so often see when shopping for wool.

  13. What gorgeous colours and such divine textures, warm and cosy! I would make some beautiful scatter cushions to snuggle up to when the fire is roaring away! Hopefully they will have that lovely new wool smell too!

  14. Rita says:

    Oh my goodness. thank you for introducing me to this shop! I would love to use some to make myself a pair of pants. In smaller bits I’d make stuffed toys.

  15. Jennifer says:

    Those are so pretty! I’d love to make a wool quilt with them!

  16. Chris C. says:

    Oh goodness. These wools are GORGEOUS! I’d love to make an adorable skirt with this wool. Two half yards probably aren’t enough for that, though, so I suspect they’d become a cute stuffie for my 3-year-old niece.

  17. Shirley says:

    Oooooohhh! These are so yummy! Wool? Plaid? Heathers? Reminds me too much of jolly (and wet!) old England. Will be going to London in the UK for holiday in the fall and would make my 18 month old son a toggle coat lined with this wool, and a wool softie puppy to match, to take for the plane ride. Anything left would be used to make liners for my wellingtons!

  18. I’d do a Chanel inspired jacket with the bright pin coloured plaid one, and I think any of them would be nice to for a little bag.
    Definitely those wools are beautiful!

  19. kim says:

    i think i would make some stuffed animals for my kids!

  20. Pam Lockhart says:

    I love collecting the Japanese bag books. In one book – they did lots of bag items in wool. I was thinking of doing a purse that is like a small backpack. They also did totes. Would be great for one. Think of it as a winter purse & winter tote! Plaids would be great for this.

  21. Nancy says:

    That wool is gorgeous! I love wool applique on quilts. It would be put to good use!

  22. Shelley says:

    Oooh, I love the skirt idea so many people had, both for me and for the little one. But I’ve had my eye on a wool bag from one of my craft books for a while (sorry, I can’t remember which one and I’m at work so I can’t check). The wool at my LFS is so expensive and probably of lesser quality so this giveaway would be perfect! Very beautiful stuff!

  23. Anne Marie says:

    I would love to make myself a skirt with this wool – I do not have one and would love one.

  24. Alison says:

    I’m imagining a super-cute coat for my 2-year-old niece!

  25. Gypsy says:

    My best friend asked if I would make her a coat for her birthday . I spent what little money I had on wool from ebay that ended up being nothing I expected not to mention not enough yardage. Alas her birthday came and went and i had to give her a rain check cause I have not been able to find anything that i like. All of these are so beautiful! I’m sure she would look good in any of them!

  26. Beautiful!

    I would use it for rug hooking. A group of my friends have started rug hooking and it looks like great fun. I would design something special just for ‘these wools’. I would post the process on my blog and tell the entire story of where the wools came from etc.

    My fingers are crossed!

  27. Kate P says:

    Such beautiful complex colors! I would love to make a wool quilt or lap blanket.

  28. Ruth says:

    I’d make appliqué pillows for my newly (too) beige living room, oh to add some texture and color

  29. Suzy R says:

    I would definitely make some kind of handbag – a clutch maybe! With a cute matching headband! Can’t you just imagine how cute?!

  30. Michelle K says:

    I would make gorgeous throw pillows for my sofa. I already have so many ideas in my head for several different designs!

  31. Jesse says:

    I’d love to make a woollen cape for my little niece! Something with a detachable hood would be so cute.

  32. Lorie says:

    WOW, Beautiful colors. I would love to rug hook with the wool, but i have a quilt pattern with snow flakes i’ve been wanting to try. I was planning to go with the flannel fabrics that look like wool-but those color and patterns would make it even better. I’m positive anything would be awesome with those wools.

  33. Barbara says:

    I would like to make a wool skirt or a scarf!

  34. phyllis f says:

    a superbad vest with donnie hathaway style pimp cap!!! eyes on the lavender and butterscotch!! cant wait to fondle and inhale these gorgeous bundles!

  35. Erin says:

    This is quite simple, but — I would make some gorgeous warm scarves to give away as gifts!

  36. Emily says:

    Oh dear! I have no idea what I would attempt with this gorgeous wool. I’ve made lined wool skirts and jackets that are some of my favorite things…maybe I would try crafting with it?

  37. Catherine says:

    Oh I so want to make a perky little teddy bear with that bright orange wool… and I want to make him suspender overalls with that sage-y green plaid with the orange and blue lines through it. I’ve never made a bear. But One glance and I knew… or was inspired… or something! But I love that pair!

  38. I would love to make a shawl – not sure what it’s called, but I’ve seen them in shops carrying Irish clothing and sweaters. If the half yards are not sufficient, I would supplement with some faux suede that I’ve been hoarding.

  39. Miles says:

    I’m about to become an uncle twice over as my sister AND sister-in-law are both due in May. These wools would make a few beautiful stuffed toys for my future niece/nephews, something like these – http://www.etsy.com/shop/violastudio?section_id=7690503
    I’m fairly new to sewing and already addicted!

  40. mo says:

    Wow, that is gorgeous fabric! I would make a bag with it. If I had lots of it I would make a quilt.

  41. Beth Duncan says:

    For years I have been saving wool from old coats, pants, jackets, and anywhere I can find it, to eventually make a crazy quilt on which to embroider, applique, sew on beads….any decoration I can think of to make a gorgeous heirloom I can pass on to my family. If I were to win this wool package it would definitely be used with love and creativity. How exciting!!

  42. Patty Ojeda says:

    This wool would be absolutely wonderful in a quilt. I love the colors and how soft they look!

  43. Heather L. says:

    I love this wool! Amazing! Thanks for the giveaway.

  44. Nancy says:

    So gorgeous. I would use for clothing.and pillows and maybe some patchwork

  45. Ina says:

    I love your emails! I have found so many cool Japanese fabric sellers by reading your emails. Thanks for doing the hard work of research and sharing. ;0

    Now I’m gonna fall in love with wool…I signed up for Heavens to Betsy emails.

  46. Wendy TC says:

    A bag/purse or a Kindle cover for my daughters.

  47. Nanette L says:

    I have a great pattern for a foundation pieced neck warmer, wool mixed with cotton. I got the pattern and learned this technique in the very first sewing class I took. They make absolutley gorgeous neck warmers, the wool mixed with coordinating contemporary prints.

  48. Two and a half yards EACH? That would be more than enough to make myself my very own coat of many colors. My fingers are crossed. Carolina

  49. They are so beautiful! I would like to use them with some old sweaters I have been saving to make some bags and maybe a quilt.
    Thanks for doing a giveaway!

  50. Paula says:

    What a wonderfull giveaway! I’d make a skirt for DD, for sure. Perhaps one for me too. Love these wools! xo