Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Relief & Homeless Blankets: Needlepunch Style

For organizations and charities on a budget, needlepunch wool blankets are an economical choice to help as many
street living people as possible.
Author: Paulette Butler

These relief blankets are manufactured from pre consumer recycled fiber.
Northwest Woolen Mills blends the wool and polyester fibers, and runs the fiber through a needle loom.  A needle loom has thousands of sharp needles to intertwine the fibers, making a felt-type blanket.  Needlepunch blankets are often called non-woven blankets.
The result is a warm and fluffy blanket, made from wool, that is inexpensive. 
We don't recommend washing these blankets in a machine.  The agitation from the washing machine will stretch and distort the blanket, resulting in holes and thin spots.
Since most people living on the street to not wash their blankets, this is not an issue.  The blankets enable them to stay warm and comfortable by either using the needlepunch blanket as a ground cover or a blanket.

Northwest Woolen Mills website


Wool and synthetic being manufactured for a needlepunch wool relief blanket.


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