- ... Marie, Try to wash the linen on hot a couple of times if you re worried about shrinking. I was taught told three times is good. It may not completelyMessage 1 of 33 , Feb 23, 2013View Source
> How much is this treatment likely to shrink the linen? Will it damage the linen in any way?Marie,
Try to wash the linen on hot a couple of times if you're worried about shrinking. I was taught told three times is good. It may not completely shrink with just one washing.
I recently made two red, white, and blue surcotes for my husband and his best friend. I was terrified that after many hours cutting and sewing stripes, the red would bleed or it would shrink funny if washed on hot, especially if our friends washed on hotter than we was our garb. All the linen (separated by color) went into a boiling pot of water for 5-10 minutes and was then drained, washed and dried. I did this repeatedly until the water was clear. It took about 6-8 times before the red stopped running. The repeated boiling did not harm the fabric at all. Wash away.
- 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 4 10:56 PMView 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.