The 8 1/2″x 8 1/2″ Square Wool Pressing will change your pressing accuracy for the better. Especially when pressing open “half square triangles” (triangle-squares).
Every single block and seam you press will be crisper and flatter after pressing on a wool mat. It will change your piecing life. No more stretched or misshapen blocks.
Use with steam or dry iron. Wool has unique properties that make it ideal for pressing blocks without distortion. The wool grabs and holds the fabric or block in place while pressing. It absorbs the excess steam. Wool is a natural fiber and will not scorch or burn. You will find that pressing other fabrics, such as lace, embroideries, applique, and delicates much easier.
If you make garments, create hand or machine embroidery, you will find the Wool Pressing Mat indispensable. Press your motifs without flattening or creating press marks in the background. Velvet presses beautifully as well, (of course, you must still take some precautions when pressing velvet). Press lace so it lays flat, chiffon and other delicate fabrics pressed on wool also do well.
The 8 1/2″x 8 1/2″ Square Wool Pressing is ideal for 8″ blocks or smaller. The 13″x 13″ square pressing mat is great for all the block pieces or a 12 1/2″ block and the 14″x19″ pressing mat is perfect for most blocks and pressing seam allowances. Still, on the fence, the 4.5″ square pressing mat is a great size to try before investing in a larger pressing mat.