Wool is a naturally flame-retardant fibre which makes it safer to have in the kitchen than many other fibres. Historically, woolen blankets were dampened and used to smother small fires. These oven mitts are fulled after they are completed. Often referred to as felting, fulling is the process of shrinking woollen items intentionally. Technically speaking, felting is a process in which heat and friction are applied to unspun fibres to make a fabric. When heat and friction are applied to fabrics that have been woven with a spun thread or yarn, the process is called fulling.
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