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dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 24 2:11 pm    Post subject: jolly question, we need it Reply with quote
    

we had a chat about a very disappointing but practised teapot cosy protocols

the kit in use is inadequate(not my knowledge zone but i trust a tea fan to know)

i recon a removable/washable cover in tight weave linen or similar and a couple of cms of good wool felt (like my arctic boot liners) that does not get washed in the cosy might work

knitted cropped up, but it does "collect" the environment
i grew up with less than hygienic embroidery ones
probably put me off tea

apparently a tea pot cosy needs no vents, but once out of use needs to "breathe" to not get musty etc

does that seem good basic spec to try for to cosy users who might know about domestic felt use?

air gel was rejected even in a composite box hey ho

NorthernMonkeyGirl



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 24 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Do you have any "wool cool" packaging kicking around? Sheets of fairly-flat fluff, could be cut to a template quite easily and maybe have a fabric cover on?

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 24 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

i dont but i know somebody that might have some, good call, thanks

the few degrees between cold tea or warm meat is perfect for that type of pressed wool to be the insulator
that stuff is up-cyclable as well for testing proof of concept at low cost with wool

tt might get a good teapot cosy, thanks again

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 24 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

You could use anything for the outer cosy as it doesn't come into contact with the pot. If you want something natural then wool insulation is good. For the inner, any cotton, linen or other smooth material will do.

I used to make them using my hand woven cloth as the outer, filled with artificial fibre wadding and then a cotton or poly cotton inner. Sew up the inside and outside separately to the desired shape (use an old one if available) and make up the wadding similarly. Push wadding into outer. If you want the inner removable, then hem both inner and outer and use press fasteners or similar to fasten the two together. If the wadding isn't in sheet form you will have to make a separate inner and outer for it and stuff the wool inside or it might be possible to felt the wool first to get it to stick together.

Personally, I don't find a tea cosy gets musty, especially if draped over something when it is not in use. One advantage with man made wadding is that the whole thing can be washed and dried reasonably easily. Wool wadding would take ages to dry or may even fall apart.

dpack



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 24 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

i will consider the options

thanks folks, tea cosies are outside my understanding

gz



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 24 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I have used sheet wool wadding for quilting and it washes fine..I think that there is a wooden/cotton mix made as well. Quilting keeps in place, you might have problems with any padding otherwise

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 14, 24 7:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

That sounds useful Gz. I haven't used it so didn't know what its properties were.

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