100% Canadian. Since Covid, buying local and buying products made within one's country have become much more important to consumers. These mats are from alpacas who live on a farm in Millarville, Alberta, in the foothills of the Rockies southwest of Calgary. Look at the photo at the end of this post. Talk about idyllic country. And yes, I have been there, many many times. We spent many years camping in the foothills, and I've been through Millarville on more than one occasion. The mats are made in Mississauga, Ontario, an Alberta/Ontario connection, just like my own family!
The second thing that struck me was the thickness and solid feel of the mat. It has weight!
One of the negative aspects of a wool mat from what I've heard is the wet wool smell when you press with a spray bottle or steam. Well, first of all, I don't have any aversion to wool; I love the smell, the feel, and wear it with no problem. When I lived in Alberta, that meant I wore it a lot, be it sweaters, mittens, scarves and tuques. I've used steam on this mat, I've used my spray bottle of water a lot, and I don't find that it smells at all unless I stick my nose nearly onto the mat. Then I get a faint whiff of wet wool but it very very mild.
What about 'upping' the pressing game?
In a word: yes!
|Notice how these large pieces lie crisp and flat|
|This collage shows you small HSTs, binding, medium-sized multiple-patch units and improv scrappy piecing.|
What do the above photos all have in common? The seams lie flat. Usually with small HSTs (the above are 1.5" unfinished), the raw edges start to curl. Not with this mat! It really is amazing, which is why I took photos of several different tests over the past two months. You'll notice my large Rowenta iron as well as my small Dritz one. Great results with either one.
I've said all along that any products I promote or am an affiliate for I have used and am happy to use them. I was sent this mat for free, but I am not an affiliate, just a very happy tester. I have used it every time I sew over the past two months, and I have exactly zero complaints.
Carmen sells several other products, from alpaca yarn, to kits for sweaters, scarves and mittens, to roving, socks and more.
Be sure to visit her shop. I hear the socks are fabulous, so a pair of them is in order for me for that dreaded season which shall not be named.
Be sure to give them a follow on Instagram! Click the photo to be taken to their feed.
Carmen and Gail have put together a PDF with a little information about the mats, as well as the care of and reason for using a wool mat. If you click this link, you can view the document.
This 30-second video will certainly give you the feels you need for a spirits uplift!