This is one of several wonderful styles in wool that I found, nosing around a mill in the Cotswold region of England. 'Cotswold Block' is a heavy, dense, felt-y blanket-weight wool in a large plaid, with a very stiff hand. It has a pleasant nap to it, and the colors are beautifully muted. It may not be suitable for rug hooking, but would be an interesting addition to an applique project. Keep in mind that the repeat is rather large, at 5", so you may want to get 2-3 strips to get all of the pattern, and you will want to give some thought about how best to use it. I have not washed it, as it seems to be naturally felted, and I didn't want to shrink it too much. I believe you could use it as-is. Strips will be about 17" X 3".
If you wonder about the 'extremely high' prices of these UK textures (comparatively speaking, to the rest of the strips), the reason is that they ran anywhere from $40-60 per yard to buy! But selling them in small pieces allows everyone to afford to use some of this lovely wool.
Textures behave in a variety of ways, depending upon the weave, and of course there is much more variety in style and weave, compared to the hand dyed wool, which is all dyed over a 2/1 twill, a pretty consistent weave from bolt to bolt. Textures also shrink at dramatically different rates, which are hard to predict, so while I will always strive for a 3" X 18" strip, sometimes it will vary a bit in length -- may be 16 1/2" to 19", although 3" X !8" is the nominal size I am selling. All textures have been pre-fulled and are ready for use.
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THE CHALLENGE OF CHOOSING COLORS ONLINE
In general, use the INDIVIDUAL color image as your guide. I have devoted many hours to adjusting the images to match the actual wool color, but this is no guarantee of accuracy on your monitor, especially laptop monitors. These will not display the colors of the wool properly -- a desktop monitor is a better choice for shopping.