Re: [SCA-Garb] Wash linen at what setting before cutting?
- View SourceI wash my cotton and linen fabrics on gentle cycle with warm wash/cold rinse with Dawn dish soap and throw them in the dryer at medium heat. I always wash before I cut, because I would rather it would shrink before and not after I've made a garment. I wash it the same way when the piece needs it and I've never had any problems. But do sew the edges to prevent fraying as another one here suggested- it saves a great deal of trouble.
<<How much is this treatment likely to shrink the linen? Will it damage the linen in any way?>>
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- View 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.