I’ve poured a good deal of love and care into making my wardrobe but a few years ago as I switched out seasons in my closet, unpacking winter & packing up summer- I realized my lovingly made pieces haven’t been looking as splendid as I remembered. Quite frankly I’ve been laundering and treating my handmade clothes like a washer woman using stones in a creek bed with about a dozen children to tend and a sawmill husband. Aka – Rough.
A visit to my pal Cynthia’s house where she showed me her fancy fiber treasures all nicely arranged, folded, and preserved as well as her laundry set up – made me want to change my ways and treat my heirloom clothing with the love & care it deserves.
I asked Cynthia questions – I started to hang my items to dry instead of cooking them dead in the electric dryer. Maybe y’all know all about proper quality laundering and the dos and don’ts and – turns-out-you-cans of different fibers. Or maybe you follow the rules on care labels but don’t know why. Well -I’ve been working on a page of information both about laundering things well & about fibers in general. In these pages you’ll get some facts, as well as my loud opines about the types, uses, and care of fibers both natural and synthetic, how they are made and tips about how to handle them.
I thought we’d start with Linen -I think linen gets a bad rap these days. And I love it for all the reasons that it’s been around for some 30,000 years – as well as why it is the Grand Dame of Fine Fabrics.
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I’m feeling a bit more Siren like these days during my wash woman chores. I hope this segment of the website will help you find your inner sustainable & capable laundry goddess too!
Screen shot of The Coen Bros take on Homer’s Sirens. Aka fancy fine washer women.
Stay tuned for the next fiber & it’s care info – Wool is up next!
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