Wool Blog

Visions of Sugar Plums Since 1894

We are humbled and honored that so many families choose our bedding to give the gift of great sleep.  These “presents” of wooly goodness got us thinking about how Christmas gifts and traditions have changed since our mill first opened in 1894.

Christmas became a federal holiday in the United States a mere 24 years before the Frankenmuth Woolen Mill opened its doors.

Thank the King for Turkey rather than Lamb Chops for Dinner

It’s Thanksgiving. And while all of America is thinking about turkey and stuffing, we’re thinking more about how all that feasting makes everyone just plain sleepy.

We can’t help it. Great sleep is our business.

How Do You Know You Really Got The Best Price?

When is a business’ best price really their best price? Is it when you see and ad that promises a “great sale” only to see an even lower price the following month?

Why should someone that buys a product on Cyber Monday get a better deal than someone who orders their product on June 1st? 

A SOUR SMELL SHOULDN'T INTERRUPT YOUR SWEET DREAMS

This month, we have had at least five inquiries asking if our wool has a smell to it. It has sort of taken me by surprise because 1) our wool doesn't smell so I don't think about that being a possibility and 2) people sell bedding that smells? Ick. 

When A Sign Is More Than A Sign

According to Webster a sign is: a display (such as a lettered board or a configuration of neon tubing) used to identify or advertise a place of business or a product.  As we designed new signs for our 124 year old Woolen Mill, we felt that Webster’s definition, while accurate,...

Keeping Sheep Safe

Here at the Frankenmuth Woolen Mill, the sheep help us sleep at night, whether we’re counting them; nestling under cozy comforters made from their fleeces; or resting our heads on a scrumptious wool pillow. But how do our farmers sleep, when sheep are such delectable prey for so many predators come nightfall? Depending...

A Gift to Last

Summer’s here. And with it come so many good intentions: plans to spend more time in the garden; to find extra weekends to escape to that lake on the edge of the northern woods; to go fishing; take a few camping trips, or enjoy more picnics at the beach. But before we can even scan the weather forecast to choose the best days to go, our mailbox fills with birth announcements, graduation announcements, and wedding invitations.

The Dryer Ball Story

How do they work? Basically, when you add a load of clothes to the dryer, all that wet fabric wants to clump together, even as the dryer tumbles it about. When you toss a few wool balls in with a load, they tumble around and pull the fabrics apart, continuously fluffing them, enabling the dryer’s hot air to circulate more efficiently through the clothing to evaporate the moisture.

Caring for your Wool Bedding

So now you have a piece of our premium wool bedding and it needs to be refreshed and/or washed. Don’t panic, there are several options and some are super easy!

Preserving Over a 100 Year Old Craft

I started working at the Frankenmuth Woolen Mill in 1995 and there were so many things passed down from generation to generation because “That was how it was done.” As a new employee I did what I was taught and didn’t really think about it.

Fun Songs for Sheep Peeps

Our Frankenmuth Woolen Mill is a part of a small community that is one of Michigan’s most popular tourist attractions. Located an easy hour and half drive north of Detroit the city of Frankenmuth shines brightly as America’s Christmas Town.

The Down Side of Down

For our first installment of what promises to be the most exciting blog to hit the pasture in years we will take a look at the disgusting world of down. Down is the soft layer of feathers closest to birds’ skin, primarily in the chest region. These feathers are highly valued by manufacturers of down clothing and comfo...