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Thank you, Joseph. I could make my own then, maybe double layer, so I can just put comforter between layers for easy washing, hopefully it wouldn't slip around much, but I also could attach it with a few hand stitches, which  could take apart for the wash. Did you use upholstery thread or something like that since it has to hold lost of weight?
 
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Joy Oasis wrote:Did you use upholstery thread or something like that since it has to hold lost of weight?



Ha! You graciously over-estimate my sewing skills. Until this moment, I didn't even realize that something like upholstery thread even exists. I used the same generic unidentified thread  that I might use in any other sewing project.
 
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And it still holds whole body weight! Then maybe I am overcomplicating the whole thing...
 
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This is just a small thing, but I was really excited to give all of my children a pillow for Christmas this year made with the wool of my sheep. It is kind of like a Don't squeeze the Charmin. They are so comfortable and they are renewable for life.  You can always open them, re= fluff, clean, or add more wool to them. Now to make one for me. Some of my family doesn't sleep with pillows, but they are great to have for supporting the back when sitting and a thousand other reason it seems. ; )
 
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Joy Oasis wrote:And it still holds whole body weight! Then maybe I am overcomplicating the whole thing...



My hammock has held myself, a lady, and two kids. Perhaps 500 pounds. When I took the recent photo, I noticed a small rip in the fabric near the drawstring, so I mended it. It gets a lot of use.
 
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Great. Then I will be keeping my eyes open for some large pieces of the fabric.
 
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Liza Stallsmith wrote:This is just a small thing, but I was really excited to give all of my children a pillow for Christmas this year made with the wool of my sheep. It is kind of like a Don't squeeze the Charmin. They are so comfortable and they are renewable for life.  You can always open them, re= fluff, clean, or add more wool to them. Now to make one for me. Some of my family doesn't sleep with pillows, but they are great to have for supporting the back when sitting and a thousand other reason it seems. ; )



Liza, how do you make the pillows? I actually got a comforter with a wool inside, but it is so unbelievably heavy, that it is unpleasant to sleep under it, but it would work to sleep on it, so pillows must work great.
 
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Joy Oasis wrote:Great. Then I will be keeping my eyes open for some large pieces of the fabric.



I got mine at the paint store. It was being sold as a drop-cloth. Much less expensive that way than at the fabric store.
 
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Joy Oasis, Sorry about not replying sooner. Everyone came home for Christmas and it became a blessed, busy, and confusing time.  I actually didn't make them. I didn't even know a wool pillow existed until I saw, felt, and hugged  one at a fiber show. I sent my wool to  http://www.zwool.com to have them made. Some of my friends were like why don't you make them. I believe that they could be made from wool batting, but knew that it would just be one more thing to get done for me. I tend to never see the end of the list that my family wants me to make them. lol Having someone else do it meant they would actually get it at Christmas! ( This Christmas not two or more yrs in the future. )

Sorry I wasn't much help on the how to end.
 
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I have written up a review of my new buckwheat mattress
https://permies.com/t/84606/Open-Eyes-Bedding-DIY-Mattress#832743

So far, after 2 weeks, I'm loving it.
 
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Interesting stuff
 
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There are a few sites out there (not affiliated with any of them) that have tutorial videos, sell materials, and help you decide (mostly with pros only) if sleeping on a wool pillow is right for you.

Apparently they compress 30% over the first 6 months. You can add more material, or fluff and restuff.

Depending on whether you are a side or back/stomach sleeper they suggested different firmness/thickness.


https://www.satarahome.com/pages/natural-pillows-is-a-wool-pillow-right-for-you


https://www.ceceswool.com/blog/time-to-make-the-pillows/


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NXoo6dSAeo


This is a company that sells felted wool locally sourced, ticking and pillow cases. They also made one or more of the videos.
https://www.diynaturalbedding.com
 
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Since I took a photo of the Irene's photo of her garden as my wall hanging, I thought I will share this photo here too, because you can see my hammock sleep setup - I have down comforter hanging underneath, and I also use down comforter on top and sheepskin inside of my hammock. Now I sleep very cozily.
 
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My pillows are made from batting which would hold is shape much longer and stay nicer then just loose wool. Each to his own way though.
 
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