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American Maid ™ Yarn Care Instructions

American Maid Yarns LogoWe have a few suggestions of how to care for the handwoven fabrics that you will create from these American Maid™ yarns.  As with any handwoven fabric, before you wash your new fabric, secure the beginning and end of the warp (zigzag, hemstitch or however you want to prevent it from unraveling in the wash).  If you have fringe planned for your fabric, please twist or finish the fringe before you wash the fabric.  Don’t cut the fabric apart until after you wash it.

For the first washing of your new fabric, prepare the bath… a sinkful of hot tap water, 2 TBSP of baking soda and a bit of soap.  Make sure this is all well dissolved and mixed before adding the fabric.  Once you add the fabric and let it soak, the wash water will be dirty because you are washing the dirt from the fields off these yarns.  They have never had any water processing from the time the lint came out of the field until now.  The brown and green colors will change once the fibers are thoroughly wet, so make sure you let them soak for 15 minutes with occasional agitation to allow the alkaline water to work its magic on the colors. Rinse in warm water until the rinse water is clear.  Enjoy the dramatic color change!

Lay the fabric on top of a light-colored bath towel and roll it up in the bath towel and squeeze out the extra water as you roll.  This helps gently remove a lot of the excess water and is gentle on the new fabric.  Unroll the fabric and the towel.  Then, either line dry or throw the fabric and the damp bath towel in a warm dryer for 20-30 minutes.  Now treat the fabric as you would any other handwoven fabric. For subsequent washings the fabric can be machine washed as you would any other good quality cotton fabric.  The colors will continue to change as the items are washed depending on your soap, water alkalinity and heat treatment.  Please also note that the yarns will fade if left in direct sunlight.

The American Maid yarn seems to have it’s own character.  Most people don’t have any issue with absorbency with the American Maid Yarns after they wash them the first time.  However, some users report that their towels aren’t as absorbent as they would like.  If you have this issue, there are several potential solutions:  1.  Don’t use fabric softener in the water, or dyer sheets.  The additional chemicals seems to increase the water repellency of the American Maid yarns.  2.  Wash the towels in hot water.  This helps eliminate any of the naturally occurring waxes on the cotton and any remaining machine oil.  3.  Because we all have different settings on our hot water, if the towels are still not as absorbent as you would like after using your hot tap water, boil the towels for a couple minutes.  The additional heat will remove any remaining wax and makes the towels wonderfully absorbent.

Please enjoy the life cycle journey of these yarns.

 

Tubular SpectrumYarn Care Instructions

We have a few suggestions of how to care for the handwoven fabrics that you will create from these Tubular Spectrum™ mercerized cotton yarns.  They are very durable and colorfast, and you should get many years out of the handwoven fabrics that you create with these yarns.

As with any handwoven fabric, before you wash your new fabric, secure the beginning and end of the warp (zigzag, hemstitch or however you want to prevent it from unraveling in the wash).  If you have fringe planned for your fabric, please twist or finish the fringe before you wash the fabric.  Don’t cut the fabric apart until after you wash it.  We prefer to hand wash the fabric the first time that we wash it.  Partly to control the agitation of the fabric and partly to watch the lack of dye release from the fabric (we love this part).  To hand wash, prepare the bath…a sinkful of warm tap water, and a bit of soap.  Make sure this is all well dissolved and mixed before adding the fabric.  Add the fabric and let it soak for about 15 minutes, making sure the fabric is completely wetted, then rinse in cool water until the rinse water is clear.

Lay the fabric on top of a light-colored bath towel and roll it up in the bath towel and squeeze out the extra water as you roll.  This helps gently remove a lot of the excess water and is gentle on the new fabric.  Unroll the fabric and the towel.  Then, either line dry or throw the fabric and the damp bath towel in a warm dryer, and dry until the fabric is just damp.  Especially on the first washing, ironing the fabric while damp will create a smoother fabric. For subsequent washings the fabric can be machine washed as you would any other good quality cotton fabric.  It will soften with additional washings.

We hope you enjoy your journey with these yarns!

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