What our fabric is made from.
The fabrics we work with are all natural – mostly hemp, linen and cotton linen blends. We choose them for their longevity, sustainability, durability and handle.
Hemp is our all round fabric of choice because it has the longest and strongest fibre of all the natural fabrics. It has 8x the tensile strength and 4x the durability of cotton.
It is naturally mould resistant so good for use outside, under cover. It has a hollow core with excellent thermal qualities making it perfect for curtains.
Hemp needs neither pesticide nor fertilizer to grow so has a very low impact to the environment.
Our fabric has been washed and scoured in its preparation for printing. It is vat dyed and flatbed screenprinted by hand, locally, in 20 mtr batches.
There are no finishes or treatments applied to the fabrics once printed and cured.
However, stain release and fire retardant finishes can be applied as a separate process. There are minimum quantities and additional costs for this service.
The base cloths may differ slightly in colour and weave depending on seasonal supply.
Exact print and dye colour matching cannot be guaranteed from batch to batch and our sample books may look a little different from current stock.
The occasional minor imperfections that short batch printing can create are idiosyncrasies that we embrace. They bring that hand made soul that we love so much.
Our fabrics come in heavy, mid and lightweights. Suitable for upholstery, soft furnishings and window treatments. The specific usage is indicated on each fabric page.
How to clean our fabric.
You can gently machine or hand washed using a mild detergent in 40˚c or less, but do not bleach or spot clean.
Dry on a line outside and best not to tumble dry, or at least do so on a cool short cycle.
You can dry clean if you prefer.
As with all natural fabrics expect some shrinkage of around 4 – 6%.
There is some stretch too, so when washing loose covers put back on before bone dry, this will give a nice tight fit, just like a freshly washed pair of jeans.
When washing expect softening of the base cloth and some texturing of the printed areas.
The weave will show more on the surface. The fabric is wearing in, developing its own patina. It is ageing gracefully and is all part of the process.
If you don’t like creases you can press on the reverse side with a very hot iron whilst the fabric is slightly damp.
Please remember to keep the fabrics out of direct sun.
And we hope you love using them as much as we love making them.