See Aleksandra’s new fabric collection at Ferrers Gallery, Leicestershire, in the exhibition “Design Factory – Emerge, Home Grown British Talent, 28 February – 12 April”. Aleksandra has used our cotton sateen, which can show the beautiful detail of her drawings.
As a big fan of pigment printed textiles I thought I would do an extreme washing test to demonstrate the washability of this environmentally friendly fabric printing process.
My extreme washing testing method
Take 5 of our fabric swatches (Half Panama Cotton happened to be at hand)
Iron two of the fabric swatches, and leave three unironed.
Place one unironed and one ironed fabric swatch inside a fabric bag with a drawstring top. Place the bag into a full load of washing.
Place one unironed and one ironed fabic swatch straight into the washing.
Keep the remaining fabric swatch unwashed for comparison.
Run the hottest (95 degrees), roughest cycle my machine offers, using my normal washing liquid.
Extreme Testing Results
You can click each image to enlarge it. Notice the fraying around the edges of the washed fabrics; they were washed pretty roughly! The ironed and bagged fabric looks a little yellow from my iron :(
Fabric Testing Conclusion
The best outcome is definitely for those fabric swatches that have been bagged before being put into the machine. After that, ironing the fabric first also helps a little, too.
I am not recommending that you wash your pigment printed fabrics at 95 degrees in a rough machine cycle, but I hope this demonstrates that pigment printed fabrics, like other printed fabrics, can stand up to a fair bit of washing, and that the most important thing you can do to preserve your pigment printed fabrics is to protect them from creasing and rubbing against other items in the wash.
We trim each handkerchief carefully around the edge, then machine each edge separately using the rolled hem foot. It’s pretty fiddly! We use black or white thread, whichever we think works best, or what you have told us you prefer.
Please note that with silk there can be some distortion along the non-selvedge edges, which we do our best to minimise.
We trim the silk scarf carefully around the border, then machine hem the edges using a rolled hem foot, using either black or white thread depending on what we think works best, or what you specify you prefer.
An excuse to make another cushion! Demonstrating our new natural linen union cushion backing fabric. This is a high-linen union (60% linen, 40% cotton) soft and with a subtle sheen. Perfect for a cushion back! We will be stocking black velvet cushion backs soon, too; will be back to demonstrate…