While browsing our range of linen you may have noticed terms like 'softened' and 'finish'. This article will explain what our finishes are and what they do.
Essentially, our fabric finishes are the different methods we use to pre-soften our linen and 'kick start' linen's natural process of softening. If you have used linen before, you will know how wonderfully linen softens over time with washing and wearing. If you want to make a luxuriously soft linen item without the wait, you can opt for one of our finishes.
The cloth has not undergone any finishes after being woven. Will have the stiffest hand out of the box and is almost as stiff as paper. These fabrics are ideal for embroidery, printing, and dyeing as the cloth is stiff and easy to personalize.
To soften the cloth faster - it can be dried with dryer balls that will "beat up" the fabric while it is in the drier making it come out softer quicker. A natural fabric softener can also be added to the wash cycle.
Our softened finish has had a softener added to give the fabric a smooth, silky hand. The linen has not been laundered so shrinkage will still have to be taken into consideration based on the fabric specs of the cloth (thread size, count, and weave type)
Fabrics with the Signature Finish come with an irresistible finish we achieve naturally through a proprietary process. The fabric has gone through several natural processes to make it super soft. It is then rolled to preserve the gentle crumple of this finish. Because of the several treatments - most of the shrinkage has been removed.
The Premier Finish undergoes a two-step process to give the cloth a luxurious feel right out of the box. First, we apply a softener to give the fabric a silkier surface. Then, strong blasts of air are blown into the woven cloth. This beats up the fibers to make them softer and mimics the fiber bending process that the fabric undergoes when you've used it a lot ( imagine the cloth being pulled behind you in a convertible going 120 on a freeway for a couple of hours). This finishing process gives the fabric a much softer and more supple hand right out the box. It will be less prone to deep creases and have less linting. Shrinkage will still have to be taken into consideration based on the fabric specs of the cloth ( thread size, count, weave type)
Not all fabrics will have every one of the finishes available, this is because we only apply the finishes to the fabrics that best suit their unique thread size, count, and weave type.