2020 Covid 19 – Working with increased awareness of sanitation, currently our physical studio/gallery is closed. Orders are much appreciated and although research shows that it is rare to become infected from handling fabrics, we are making sure we are non-symptomatic and have thoroughly clean hands when packing. Disinfectant protocols are being followed throughout the process including shipping. If you are particularly vulnerable feel free to soak the products upon receipt with a gentle soap in warm water then hang to thoroughly dry.
General Care Instructions Click here for Twisted Wrap folding Instructions
Weaving is not considered finished until it has been washed. We vigorously machine-wash all our handwoven fabrics as they come off the looms. Initial shrinkage is 25-30%, which sets the weave and prevents further shrinking. The fabric is then cohesive enough to cut and sew. Dry cleaning is not recommended.
100 % cotton is the easiest care. It is possible to wash using gentle cycle in a washing machine and dryer. To preserve handwoven fabric longer we recommend using a gentle cycle or hand washing with mild liquid soap. Cool water will help keep colours strong, as with any cotton. If a dryer is not used wrinkles should be pressed out while still damp or they will set, making it necessary to re-dampen. If a dryer is used, garments must be turned inside out to prevent snaps or buttons breaking on the metal drum.
Protein fibers – wool, wool blends, mohair, alpaca, silk
The natural oils of animal fibers tend to repel dirt and should only need occasional hand washing. Agitation of any kind and rapid changes of temperature will cause shrinkage, matting and /or felting. Each fiber has minute overlapping scales. Using shampoo and conditioner (your hair is protein too) on the fabric will cause these scales to lie down minimizing the itch factor. Water should be squeezed or spun out in the spin cycle of your washer. Wrinkles can be shaken or lightly pressed out. Press silk with pressing cloth on silk setting. Lay flat to dry.
Products woven with rayon chenille can often be freshened simply by placing in a hot dryer with a wet towel for 15 minutes. If more is necessary, use a gentle cycle or hand wash with liquid soap in cool water. Completely dry in the dryer to remove wrinkles. If pressing is necessary, use pressing cloth.
Handwoven cloth occasionally snags or catches. Note the direction of the yarn pulled, grasp the fabric a few inches away on both sides of the snag, and pull firmly. This should ease the yarn back into place. A blunt needle or crochet hook can help complete this procedure.
The small balls of fiber that occasionally come to the surface of wool are easily removed by pulling them off gently. Using electric shavers or scissors should be done with extreme caution. These shorter fibers come to the surface once and should not return.
The short fringes that have been sewn into place will occasionally have longer bits come out. These can be snipped off at the length of the fringe.