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Teatowel Fabric Testing


After our vegetables and trees fabric design competition, and finally trying to move on from my obsession with the Josef Frank Vegetable Trees design, I decided I would make some Vegetable Tree custom teatowels with our new 309gsm Half Panama Cotton, which I love. So I printed 3 x 50cm width, 70cm height tea towels on one width of this 150cm wide fabric.

My 3 tea towels were much easier to hem than our silk scarves are. I didn’t use a rolled hem foot, I just:

  1. folded each long edge in by half a centimetre, then half a centimetre again, and pressed it.
  2. folded each short edge in by half a centimetre, then half a centimetre again, and pressed it.
  3. Machine hemmed along each long edge.
  4. Machine hemmed along each short edge.

Then I decided I would use this as another fabric washing test opportunity. So I machine washed one of the tea towels at 30 degrees. And then, when I came to post about it, I realised that I could not tell which of the tea towels I had washed! (Can you tell in the picture above which tea towel has been washed?)

Washing Lacuna Press pigment ink printed custom fabric

In my experience of machine washing our fabric, large areas of dark, flat colour can be tricky – you can get white lines where the fabric has creased during the wash. On the other hand, I have loads of Lacuna Press custom printed lawn handkershiefs that I routinely wash at 90 degrees in a normal wash, and although they faded slightly on the first wash, as colours often will, other than that they are still going strong.

And then again, I recently threw away the tea towels I got printed just over a year ago from a reactive dye custom printer (purchased for test and comparison purposes – because Lacuna Press is a pigment dye fabric printer) because the colours seemed to end up merging together somehow, or losing some essential boundary between each other, and they became too dreary and faded to have in the kitchen.

I will keep you posted on how my vegetable tree tea towels continue to fare.

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