One of the fantastic products I received in my July Island Batik boxes is the Alpaca/Wool Pressing mat from Prairie Spirit Alpacas.
I absolutely LOVE this mat! When I use it, all of my seams come out crisp and perfect! (provided I’ve sewn with an accurate 1/4″ seam! LOL!)
As well, when I was pressing the fabric for my September project, the creases came out without the need for any spray! (Sorry, I can’t show all the fabrics to you!)
My friend, Carmen owns the alpaca farm and I wrote a post about it HERE. There is also a slide show where you can see several of the alpacas. Carmen LOVES each one and has lovingly given each a name. When you are with her, she can tell you the parentage of each alpaca.
Let me tell you a bit about the mats: The alpaca fleece is combined with wool from Alberta. The fleece/wool is sent to Mississauga, Ontario where it is felted and cut into mats. So, they are totally 100% Canadian made!
I find that there is very little, if any, “wet dog” smell! I’m allergic to wool and the mat does not make me sneeze or make my skin itchy if I touch it!
Many pressing mats (usually made in China) will tell you that you can use the mats directly on furniture! I find this an erroneous statement as I know that the heat can go through the mats and can ruin the finish on furniture. I use my mat on my ironing board or on a protective surface.
Commercial sprays (like Best Press or Terial Magic) can make the mats dirty. I use a cover on my mat if I’m going to be using anything besides water. Using a fine spray of water on the mat enhances the pressing wonder!
If you are interested in a mat, you can purchase one at Prairie Spirit Alpacas. While you are there, browse through the website. The socks are fantastic! (I’m always COLD and the socks keep my feet warm and toasty! I can’t live without them in the winter time! The yarn is soft and easy to knit with! And the dryer balls! Perfect for the drier! No need to use commercial dryer sheets – they make the clothes come out soft and shorten drying time!
And, just an FYI: I do not receive any money for your purchase. I am just a thrilled customer!
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