I was eager to try this mat out and see what all the Wool Ironing Mat excitement was all about. And here was what I found over the last month of using it. First off, the mat is 1/2" thick so it makes it super easy to set it on any surface and press. And the thought of having a portable pressing station that is super easy to pack and take with me when I teach. So awesome!!!
Second, because the mat is made of 100% Felted Wool, it is said to retain heat so that you can iron your fabric and it is like ironing from both sides at the same time. And I was very happy to find that this was totally true. Whenever I press seams open, I start from the back, and then give a quick once over on the front.
But when I flipped my pressing over, I found it really wasn't necessary. My piecing was lying super flat and didn't need the once over. I tried it with both my cordless Panasonic iron, and my pop up Oliso iron and both had the same results ;) And I also noticed that the wool held the fabric in place a bit, which was nice and handy and will help to avoid stretching.
And I loved that when my block was all done, even with so many matching points, it all laid super flat. And you all know, super flat seams is a super good thing!!! I will say, I use a lot of steam, and when using steam on this Wool Mat, you get a bit of a wool smell. However, it isn't a strong scent, but if you have sensitivity to that, its a good thing to note. Also, I can't see myself using this to press long strip sets or yardage as it would be tedious to have to keep shifting the fabric over the mat, but for travel and pressing units, it is going to be amazing!!!