Hi folks, I ve worked with linen a lot but always appreciate expert advice. Have bought some white linen (100 is the weight marking by Hancock s Fabrics - IMessage 1 of 33 , Feb 23View SourceHi folks,
I've worked with linen a lot but always appreciate expert advice. Have bought some white linen (100 is the weight marking by Hancock's Fabrics - I would call it medium lightweight) for chemises.
I want to wash it to remove the sizing but with cotton will often wash hot or warm before cutting to avoid later shrinkage possibilities.
Of course I only wash homemade garments in cold water, but I was thinking of machine-washing the linen in hot or warm water before cutting just in case it ever gets in the wrong set of washing. Yes, i know the dryer tends to cause more shrinkage than the washer; I would probably set it on tumble dry, which is hotter than knits setting - same logic, to prevent later shrinkage by errors in the laundry. (Hubby stays well away from garb going through the wash, but I like to be certain-sure.)
How much is this treatment likely to shrink the linen? Will it damage the linen in any way?
Thanks, J. Marie
When I was spinning and weaving, I was told to wet and freeze the linen first and then drop it into boiling water to really abuse and shrink it. I believe itMessage 33 of 33 , Mar 4View SourceWhen I was spinning and weaving, I was told to wet and freeze the linen first and then drop it into boiling water to really abuse and shrink it. I believe it is supposed to soften it up as the freezing opens the gaps between fibres so the water and soap get in quickly.
I was also told that traditionally the white linen was bleached by lying in the sun and then redampening, drying.... repeat until the required shade is reached. I haven't actually done either, but the ladies who gave me this advice were the top of their skill base in NZ.
--- In SCA-Garb@yahoogroups.com, Vicky Eisenstadt <alysounJ@...> wrote:
> I abuse my linen befeo I cut it - machine wash on heafvy duty warm/cold
> (which is how I do ALL my laundry) and then in the dryer for like an hour.