Subject:About Linen

About Linen

Postdate:2011-12-15 01:55:55   Hits:3230

What's linen?

Linen is noted to be the most luxurious, comfortable and elegant fabric. It is a fabric made from avegetable fiber called flax. Flax is a bast fiber taken from the stalk of the plant. This natural fibre that gives linen its distinctive quality and texture. All our linen comes from flax grown and woven in Europe.

Flax needs less fertilizers and pesticides than most other crops - it is low input and therefore more environmentally friendly. It is also renewable with a short growing cycle and every part of the plant is used. Flax is grown for its fibre (linen, paper, rope) and its seeds (linseed oil). Flax fibre is stronger than cotton fibre and its properties were recognised as early as Phoenician times when it was used to make linen sails.

 

It is said that of all textile fibres, linen is the most ecologically,  luxurious, comfortable and elegant fabric.

Linen is the strongest fabric even stronger than cotton. Apart from being a strong fabric it is also lint free and is used for various purposes.



                                                                                                            

 

 

 

 

Characteristics of Linen Fabrics

 

 

 

 

 

·         Comfortable

 

 

·         Good strength, twice as strong as cotton

 

 

·         Hand-washable or dry-cleanable

 

 

·         Crisp hand

 

 

·         Tailors well

 

 

·         Absorbent

 

 

·         Dyes and prints well

 

 

·         Lightweight to heavyweight

 

 

·         No static or pilling problems

 

 

·         Fair abrasion resistant

 

 

·         Good conductor of heat

·         High tensile strength

 

 

Washing

Our linen can be washed in a washing machine – plain white linen at 60 degrees and coloured linen at 40 degrees. We don’t recommend bleach as it can damage any sort of fabric.

 Shrinkage

Normally our linen will shrink by about 3% after the first wash, not exceed 5%. And likewise our fabric should also be washed before you make anything with it (or allow for 3% shrinkage).

Tumble drying

We do not recommend tumble drying in our washing instructions as it always decreases the life of any fabric (think of the fluff in the filter!). Try not to let linen dry completely if you are going to iron – linen is much easier to iron while damp. If you dry linen completely in the tumble dryer it may appear to have drastically shrunk. The fibres have just been compacted together and will return to normal after a quick press with an iron (and a spray of water).

Ironing                                                             

Here are a few ironing tips:

  • Always iron linen while still damp (it’s  much easier to get rid of the creases) – then fold and put in an airing cupboard or somewhere warm.
  • Use a steam iron.
  • Linen water is a great invention – fragranced water that can be sprayed on as you iron. It smells great and helps with the ironing too.
  • Ironing embroidered linen can be difficult as the iron can get caught in the stitching and cause damage. Just place a piece of plain material over the top and iron the two together.

 

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