Here's something I didn't even know about until about the end of 2021, when I began doing some of my own trucking!
At present we are out of Weaving Selvedge but we'll have more soon.
WeatherWool® Hardcore Luxury® Fabric is the foundation of our company. And so we have gotten to know the people at MTL, where our Fabric is woven. When I was picking up some greige Fabric to deliver to American Woolen for finishing, the folks at MTL asked if I wanted the our selvedge.
Our finished Fabric has about 3/4 inch (around 1.5 cm) of "selvedge" at the edge of each bolt. This type of selvedge may be included in bags of remnants.
What I learned at the mill that day (the amount of info I don't know keeps growing!) is that at the end of the weaving processes, the mill removes some selvedge that is very different, although still made of our same original fiber. MTL had been donating it ... none of their other customers ever want it ... but our stuff is different, and so I picked up some of the "weaving selvedge".
I don't know what people might do with it, but Alex who immediately realized this type of selvedge would work a lot better in a pillow than the Remnants I've been using since summer of 2021. The Amish use it to make rugs.
Each order of Weaving Selvedge will include enough selvedge stuff a full-sized bed pillow.
The selvedge comes in very long strips because the selvedge is trimmed from the edges of each bolt of Fabric.
Sometimes there will be a strand or two of yarn in the selvedge that is not our wool. These are used for internal reasons by MTL. Also, to facilitate weaving, MTL sometimes lubricates the yarn. This lubrication will be removed during finishing, but because the selvedge is trimmed off prior to finishing, the weaving selvedge may still have lubricant. The lubricant will, near as I can tell from casual testing, make the selvedge burn somewhat easier than untreated yarn. It will still self-extinguish, and will leave a powdery ash, the way would should.
We hope others can find more uses for selvedge. Here are some uses (borrowed from Remnants page):
Pillow stuffing (working really well for me)
Insulation for use in all kinds of places
Ghillie Suit ... add wool scraps to the outside of anything
We will be happy to hear any other ideas and results of testing.
For each order placed we will ship to you 5 pounds of Weaving Selvedge.
The $20 price of the Weaving Selvedge is just to cover shipping. But there are places, particularly in Canada, where $20 won't cover shipping. If the cheapest shipping is much over $20, we'll let you know. You are welcome to come here and pick up all that we have!
Anyone interested in Selvedge may also be interested in Tailor's Remnants.
22 November 2023 --- Ralph and Alex
Not sure anyone would want to review the Selvedge ... But I didn't expect anyone to review Fabric Remnants ...