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FABRIC: Homespun and Wool


About Homespun Fabric

Homespun fabric is fabric that is woven in a style similar to the fabrics that primitive women used when weaving their own fabrics at home. Thus the name "homespun" was phrased. 

Homespun fabrics will typically have small imperfections and nubs woven into the fabric.  This is considered a characteristic of the primitive nature of homespun and is not a defect.  Occasionally there will even be slight color variations in the threads but that is usually not noticable with plaids and stripes.  As with all fabrics, our homespun colors will also vary from bolt to bolt depending on the dye lot.

While today's homespuns are usually manufactured in factories, the unique style of weaving colored threads together to form a pattern still remains the primary characteristic of all homespuns. A homespun fabric is usually all cotton and can be identified by the fact that there is no front or back to the fabric. The design is in the color of the threads so both sides are the same. True homespuns are always either plaid, stripe or solid.

Homespun fabrics are very durable but will eventually fade when exposed to direct sunlight. As with all cotton fabrics, they should be washed in cold water. Adding about 1/4 cup of table salt to the wash water will help the fabrics retain their rich colors and prevent more fading.

Homespuns are perfect for the rag style quilts demonstrated on this web site because of their wonderful fraying ability. All the products you see on this site have only been washed once. When using a homespun for rag stitching, there is no need for multiple washings. Some flannels will fray nicely also, but the problem with flannels is that they often "pill" after being washed.

Many people use printed cottons for ragged style but these will not fray well at all. You will need to use several layers of the printed cotton to have a nice effect and even then, the result is more "fringed" than "frayed".

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Fabric Cotton Remnant 20" x WOF Navy Blue Solid


Fabric Cotton Remnant 52" x WOF Homespun Forest Green & Blue


Fabric Cotton Remnant 57" x WOF Homespun Dark Forest Green Solid


Fabric Cotton 35" x WOF Homespun Gold Orange Yellow plaid


Fabric Cotton Homespun basic brown tone check


Fabric Cotton Homespun Beige and Black Check 1/8 inch

$7.99 $9.99

Fabric Cotton Homespun Beige and Black Plaid 44/45" 100% Cotton


Fabric Cotton Homespun Beige Country Rust 1/16 inch check Montgomery

$7.99 $9.99

Fabric Cotton Homespun Beige Red Stripe 44/45"

$6.99 $9.99

Fabric Cotton Homespun Blue Purple Stripe 44/45'' 100% Cotton

$5.49 $9.99

Fabric Cotton Homespun Dan River Homespun Quilters Cottons Purple Tea Stripe 44/45'' 100% Cotton

$7.99 $10.99

Fabric Cotton Homespun Green and Black Plaid 60" 100% Cotton


Fabric Cotton Homespun Ivory and Green Check 1/8 inch

$7.99 $9.99

Fabric Cotton Precuts Homespun Fat Quarters


Fabric Cotton Remnant 25" x WOF Homespun Green, Brown and White Plaid 44/45" 100% Cotton


Fabric Wool In the Patch designs Wolly Charms


Homespun basic light tan stripe on light background


Homespun Beige Navy Plaid


Homespun Beige with Pale Country Blue Plaid


Homespun Beige with Pale Navy Stripe


Homespun Blue Navy Stripe stripe and grain


Homespun Blue and White 2'' Plaid 44/45'' 100% cotton


Homespun Green and Maroon Plaid


Homespun Green and Red Plaid


Homespun Green Ivory Plaid


Homespun green plaid color #7115


Homespun Pink Yellow Navy Plaid


Homespun Pink, Black, Red Plaid


Homespun Solid Olive Green


Homespun Tonal Royal Blue Plaid