FAQ

questions upon questions

Not everyone finds it easy to work with wool and wool-silk fabrics. So that you may have a few fewer question marks in your head before you start, or even if it has already started a long time ago and you have a question, we have put together an overview of the most frequently asked questions for you here. Maybe and hopefully this will solve one or the other question. If you still don't know what to do next, don't hesitate to ask in the great community, in our Facebook group , or to send us an email .

(PS: for more general questions, the Facebook group will definitely be faster with the answer than we can with the answer by email =) )

We also have a few general articles about sewing wool fabrics and their care on the blog .

To buy fabric

Buying on site - Can I pick up orders directly in Hanover?

no From time to time we hold camp events, we invite you separately. Otherwise, we do not have a shop, but only a warehouse, which is why collection on site is unfortunately not possible at the moment.

Is there any more of substance xyz?

You can always see the available offer on our website. As a rule, we do not sell any fabrics by email, so we ask that you do not send us any inquiries about this - it is always so difficult for us when we have to say no! If a fabric is sold out in the shop, we may still have a few leftovers, as we are always very careful when hiring. After cutting current floods of orders, we take a close look at the leftovers and measure. Then we can better estimate how many mistakes there were in the respective fabrics and had to be cut out. After an exact count, these are then put back in the shop so that everyone has the same chance of being able to buy something else. Faulty materials and the very last few meters then come in our popular Ü packages

My fabric has an error/run/is the wrong fabric - what should I do now?

We try very hard to ensure that we always send out the right fabrics and that they are faultless. Should we nevertheless make a mistake, please send an email to info@danischpur.de so that we can exchange the fabric. From time to time we get questions about mistakes on the very edge of a piece of material. The fabrics are hung on the edge when knitting. This is the so-called "selvedge" (also called knitted fabrics) - the selvedge therefore often has small holes or even ladders. It should not be sewn and is not included in the width given in the shop. So that's not a reason for a complaint, it's quite normal :-) Since we get a lot of questions about it, we often cut off the edge if there are very holes in the edge so that you don't get confused, but since it's a lot of extra work, we sometimes do without it :-)

My fabric has holes on the edge

With almost all fabrics you can see smaller or larger holes on the edge. This is the "selvedge", which is not included in the width of the fabric.

(In technical jargon, knitted fabrics are also called yard ware, even if this is of course knitted and not woven).

With classic printed goods, you can see it even better than the edge, which is not printed and is therefore conspicuously not sewn on.

But even with single-colored fabrics, there is always an edge where the fabric is hung up in a machine when knitting and dyeing. This part should therefore never be sewn up as it is not stable. However, it is well suited for trial sewing tests to set up the machine, for example.

If I pay immediately, how soon will my order ship?

You can find our delivery times in an information box on our website. That's more of the maximum. Experience shows that when new fabrics have just been added, we have a lot of orders and the delivery time is then at the upper end of the delivery time. Normally we deliver rather faster.

Can I first get new fabrics as a fabric sample?

When you place an order, you are welcome to request fabric samples in the comment field - specifically, specific colors or types of fabric, which we will then enclose with your order free of charge. If you would like a fabric sample before you place your first order, we can send you our fabric sample sheet. Here, too, specific requests are possible, please indicate them in the comment field.

(If you order the swatches for money, but you don't need the swatch sheet, but only the specifically desired fabrics, then please write that down - the creation of the swatch sheets is very laborious and it would be a shame if you didn't need it at all ;- ) )

I want to exchange or return part of my order.

Please read our information on revocation first and use our model revocation. We will then inform you about the further steps of the return and whether it is possible in your case. Please note: We can only take back goods that are undamaged and in their original condition. This means in particular that they have not yet been washed or even sewn up. It is therefore essential to check the goods before washing.

Can I change/add something to my order afterwards?

You can add something to your order later, as long as you haven't received an email that we'll cut your order.

Please have a look here.

If you have change requests that cannot be solved by reordering, please send us an email and we will try to help you.

About wool and certifications

What does organic jersey / GOTS certified / mulesing-free mean?

When it comes to the production of wool/silk by the meter, it is particularly important to us that it is produced in a socially and environmentally friendly manner. Not only because some of the fabrics are worn directly on the (children's) skin as underwear, but also because we don't want to be responsible for committing environmental sins during production. All of our wool/silk fabrics are mulesing-free. This means that "our" woolly sheep do not remove the skin around the tail without anesthesia to prevent pest infestation. This procedure has been sharply criticized by animal protection organizations. As a matter of principle, we only offer guaranteed mulesing-free wool/silk fabrics. Unfortunately, even the GOTS label is not enough to ensure that the fabric used is mulesing-free. Therefore, one must always pay attention to both keywords if one wants to get high-quality organic wool that has not committed any animal welfare sins. We only buy GOTS certified fabric to ensure for ourselves and our customers that the manufacturing meets the highest standards. Even as a small company, we are not GOTS-certified (the step of cutting piece goods into individual meters is also subject to certification), so we do not advertise with the GOTS seal, which does not detract from the quality of our fabrics.

UV protection of wool/silk

Wool/silk's UV protection is almost legendary - we researched the real truth behind the claims and were amazed at how incredibly good wool/silk is as an alternative to UV-protecting polyester plastic clothing. Details can be found here (the blog article is currently missing due to moving to the new site - it will be added again in the next few weeks)

What is so special about wool/silk?

Wool is self-cleaning and antibacterial because the keratin in wool naturally breaks down foul-smelling bacteria caused by perspiration. Wool is also hygroscopic and can therefore absorb body moisture. Wool has the special effect that the moisture can be stored both in the fibers and between the fibers. It can therefore absorb up to 30% of its own weight in moisture without feeling damp and still produces heat. Merino new wool is very finely crimped, does not scratch and feels soft and fluffy. It is also well tolerated by allergy sufferers and people with neurodermatitis. Mulberry silk provides a comfortable, soft and skin-soothing garment. Silk has a temperature-regulating effect, warms in cold temperatures and cools on warm days. The wool/silk mixture thus combines the positive properties of both basic materials and results in a true luxury fabric.

What is special about wool cuffs?

Wool cuffs can basically be sewn like cotton cuffs - they are just a little more stretchy and can therefore be sewn on a little more sparingly.

What is special about them, however, is that they have the same good properties as wool products - in particular, they do not absorb water and are therefore particularly suitable as a finish for woolen outdoor clothing and cloth diapers. Both then do not feel damp, clammy and cold when slightly wet.

About the handling of our substances

What must be considered when caring for the fabrics?

It is optimal if the woolen clothing is simply aired out in damp weather (e.g. in the bathroom when showering). The water vapor that meets the fabric then automatically transports away smaller dirt particles and bad odours. If the clothes are heavily soiled, they can be washed by hand or on the wool cycle of the washing machine at 30 degrees with wool detergent. As wool fibers are more sensitive when wet than when dry, it is recommended that the wool/silk be dried lying flat on a towel.

how to sew Do I have to pre-wash?

Sewing wool/silk and other woolen fabrics by Danisch Pur There is hardly anything more wonderful than creating individual garments for yourself and your loved ones from wool/silk or other woolen fabrics. But before sewing for the first time, many are afraid that the fabric will be difficult to sew. Here are some answers to common questions... Sewing machine or serger? Wool/silk can be sewn on the overlock as well as on the conventional sewing machine. Important here is the use of a stretchable stitch (e.g. cross stitch) and the use of super stretch needles. The needles are specially made for very stretchy fabrics and ensure that the threads are not severed when sewing, but pushed to the side. This way there are no holes in the sewing machine in the long run. As with other thin fabrics, it is advisable not to start sewing at the very edge of the fabric, as this can sometimes "eat" into the machine. Here you can start sewing 2-3cm from the edge and sew up the beginning after a few stitches using the reverse button. Holding onto the protruding threads and gently pulling them backwards also makes it easier to start. Wool/silk is stretchier than most comparable cotton jersey. Here it can make sense to sew one size smaller than normal and to stay with the usual dress size in length. As every pattern and build is different, it is highly recommended to place well-fitting garments on top of the appropriate pattern to provide a match. The wool/silk fabric can also be used as cuffs and edging because it is very elastic. With a belly cuff in wool/silk trousers, it is advisable to sew in an elastic band, as the cuff is otherwise no longer strong enough, at least from the crawling age. A good alternative is a pure wool cuff fabric, which is also available from danischpur.de. The combination of cotton and wool/silk is also not a problem in terms of sewing technology. However, it is usually only recommended to a limited extent, since cotton requires much more care and has to be washed much more often than wool/silk or wool. So if you combine it with cotton, it can make sense to make sure that there are no parts of the garment that can quickly come into contact with sweat, mud or the like. As cuffs on arms and legs, cotton is problematic in that it draws water. Attaching a cotton cuff to a boiled wool jacket, for example, is very critical, since the cuffs immediately get wet and clammy when it rains or snows. Cotton just doesn't have the magical wool properties of wool/silk or wool. Press studs can also be used well on wool/silk. Due to the thin material, however, the touchdown points should always be reinforced. A piece of boiled wool, for example, is ideal for this purpose, which is hidden between two layers of wool/silk, for example in the waistband. All in all, you should only choose so-called jersey pressers with a low closing force in order to avoid tearing the material.

In general, wool is better if it is washed as little as possible. Nevertheless, we recommend pre-washing, because the fabrics shrink differently with every washing behavior and every washing machine and it would be a shame if the sewn things didn't fit later. Later, a wash is only necessary if it is very dirty.

General information worth knowing

Fuzziness vs Silky Smooth factor

Almost all wool and silk fabrics have a slightly different feel. On the one hand, this is due to the knitting (even the smallest deviation in the setting of the knitting machines ensures a tighter or looser knitting pattern) and, above all, to the after-treatment.

After many discussions in the Wolle Seide fan group on Facebook , there was no clear trend as to which type of fabric you prefer. Both - according to the consensus - are incredibly great and have their justification. Hence the agreement that from now on the fuzziness vs. silky smooth factor will be added to the fabrics. The very fluffy fabrics are cuddly soft and warm even more than the silky wool-silk fabrics. The silky smooth fabrics are particularly suitable for the warm season, as they increase the cooling effect of the silk even further. In addition, they look a bit more noble in optics.

Woolen clothing as a sleep aid

Not an old wives tale, really—people dressed in wool sleep better at night. This is especially true for babies.

Studies have shown that premature babies dressed in wool gain more weight and sleep better than babies in the comparison group.

Here are a few sources for those interested:

1) Dickson, PR (1984) Medical Journal of Australia, 21 January, pp. 87-89
2) Umbach, KH (1986) Journal of the Textile Institute, 77:3, 212-222
3) Ewing, MR, Garrow, C. and McHugh, N. (1961), The Lancet, 2, 1447 and Laubscher, NF (1966), South African Medical Journal, 9 July 1966, 599-601
4) Scott, S., and Richards, M., The Lancet, May 12, 1979, page 1028. And Scott, S., Lucas, P., Cole, T., and Richards, M., The Lancet, 29 October 1983 pp. 1014-1016
5) Powley, M., Nye, P. and Buckffield, P. The Lancet, 3 May 1980, pp. 979-980

What is pilling and why is it not a defect?

In general, pilling is normal with sheep's wool fabrics and is even a sign of quality because it shows that the fabrics have not been chemically treated (keyword superwash). But not all wool fabrics pill in the same way. Not even all from the same manufacturer.

We always have a discussion about it in my wool/silk group on Facebook and it's always amazing when people report that they bought two pairs of wool trousers from the same manufacturer, treated them more or less the same way and one pills, the other doesn't.

I personally had the same experience with our cinnamon-colored fabric, where I sewed three shirts for myself, my son and my husband from the same bolt (!). Only my son's shirt pilled.

According to common experience, if a woolen garment pills, it either does so right away or not at all. Basically. Because you can also do something wrong, such as drying woollens on the heater or washing them so hard that the lanolin washes out. Then the pilling can also start later.

But it usually happens early on, when the short-haired parts of a fiber rub against the fabric.

But - in all honesty - it doesn't matter that it's a mark of quality. It's not particularly pretty though! We recommend using the miracle brush . Brush over it carefully and after 2-3 washes the garment usually no longer pills. Regular use of a wool treatment can also help to ensure that the fibers do not become too dry.

Earn and redeem points in our shop

earn points

with every purchase: conversion rate: 1€ net sales = 1 point

Redeem points

To redeem the points , please write in the comment field for a subsequent order that you would like to redeem points and which package you have chosen. We will then compare this with your score, deduct the points and pack you a nice Ü package.
In order to order such a package for bonus points, the Ü packages do not have to be "available". Exchanging the points for Ü packages by commenting on an order is always possible.

Certain fabric wishes can be expressed, but unfortunately cannot always be fulfilled

The fabrics in the packages are crooked bale end pieces with a length that is unfavorable to sell or fabrics with small defects that ended up in our leftover boxes . It is expressly mainly B-Ware in the packages, but all fabrics can be used well :-)

500 points = mini Ü package

1500 points = Baby Ü package (2 fabrics each approx. 35cm high)

2500 points = children's Ü package (2 fabrics each approx. 50 cm high)

5000 points = Adult Ü package (3 fabrics each approx. 65cm high)

(The width and length can sometimes differ, e.g. if a piece of fabric is only half the width, then we would add more length to the package or compensate with another fabric - the length specifications are only to give an idea.)

You can now click on the blue button in the bottom right corner of the new shop and order a package with your points directly there. This is explained in more detail here .

Redeem vouchers in our shop

Redeem multiple vouchers

Our shop system only allows one voucher code. However, if you want to exchange several codes, you can do the following:

a) Split your order into 2 orders and use one of your vouchers for each order. Select the payment method "payment in advance" and for the 2nd order you select "reorder shipping". We summarize your orders for you and send you a summarized invoice with the outstanding amount. And only then do you pay the open amount.

b) Write us an email with your 2nd code. If you also complete your order with the payment method "payment in advance", we can send you an adjusted invoice, which you then pay.

Please don't get nervous if it takes a while to get your bill. We do this service manually.

...Your orders will then come to you as quickly as possible.

For vouchers purchased before 20/2022 please look here.

We cannot combine these, but exchange them for an order.