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Fabric Choices Info/Care Instructions

Fabric Choices and Care Instructions

Silk Fabrics printed with Pigment Inks

Light Weight Silk Chiffon

  • 10mm weight
  • Prints beautifully right thru both sides of the fabric: you will find it hard to tell the right side from the wrong side of the print, especially on lighter colors.
  • Common uses include silk scarves, summer dresses, accessories.
  • Crisp print result in line details however some colors may experience some running into nearby colors. Orders a swatch first if you are unsure of color/print outcomes
  • Care: machine wash cold water gentle cycle, or hand wash using detergent for delicate fabrics. You may also dry clean your silk chiffon. (See more care instructions further down.)
  • Fabric hand (feel) will feel more crepe like after washing
  • Iron on silk setting
  • May shrink after the first wash

Light Weight Silk Habotai

  • 8mm weight
  • 100% plain weave silk
  • Common uses include silk scarves, summer dresses, accessories, light wall hangings.
  • Prints beautifully right thru both sides of the fabric. You will see the print at about 70% from the back of the fabric.
  • Due to the plain weave, dark colors may run slightly into nearby colors.
  • Light weight and semi-sheer with a lovely moderate sheen.
  • Care: machine wash cold water gentle cycle, or hand wash using detergent for delicate fabrics. You may also dry clean your silk chiffon. (See more care instructions further down.)
  • Fabric hand (feel) will soften dramatically after washing.
  • Iron on Silk setting.
  • May shrink after the first wash

Light-Medium Weight Silk Charmeuse

  • 12mm weight
  • 100% plain weave silk
  • Beautiful shiny front surface and matte back. The "silkiest" feeling of all our natural silks with a very soft drape.
  • Common uses include silk scarves, blouses, summer dresses
  • Prints on shiny face of the fabric but does not print thru to the back due to the thickness of the fabric. You will see the print only about 40% thru to the back of the fabric
  • Due to the plain weave, dark colors may run slightly into nearby colors.
  • Care: machine wash cold water gentle cycle, or hand wash using detergent for delicate fabrics. You may also dry clean your silk chiffon. (See more care instructions further down.)
  • Iron on Silk setting.
  • May shrink after the first wash

Synthetic Fabrics printed with Sublimation Inks

Lightweight Synthetic Chiffon - Poly Chiffon

  • 100% polyester plain weave fabric
  • Common uses include light weight home decor projects, scarves, accessories
  • You will see the print about 90% from the wrong side which makes it a great fabric for scarves.
  • No running of colors. Crisp print lines and color separation.
  • Light weight and semi-sheer with a lovely moderate sheen.
  • Easy Care: machine wash cold water with a mild detergent. Machine dry on medium heat.
  • Iron on synthetic setting.
  • May shrink after the first wash

Medium-Heavy weight Bridal Satin

  • 100% polyester plain weave fabric.
  • Common uses include bridal/evening wear, purses, accessories, ties, light home decor projects.
  • Great color results
  • Smooth reflective surface. Perfect for bridal/evening wear and projects that require a durable fabric and print.
  • Moderate to high sheen after printing.
  • Care: Hand wash wash cold water with a mild detergent. Hang to dry. May be dry cleaned.
  • Iron on synthetic setting.
  • May shrink after the first wash

Poly Twill fabric

  • 100% polyester twill fabric
  • Common uses include home decor projects, pillow cases, tote bags, wall hangings, hats.
  • Fabric is similar in properties to cotton twill in feel and drape.
  • Tight fabric weave results in a crisp, detailed print
  • Durable print: will never fade from use or washing. Perfect for high-use items like bags.
  • Care: Machine wash cold water with a mild detergent. Hang to dry or tumble dry medium heat. May be dry cleaned.
  • Iron on synthetic setting.
  • May shrink after first wash

Poly-Spandex Knit Performance legging fabric

  • 88% polyester, 12% spandex knit performance fabric
  • Common uses include leggings, athletic wear, accessories.
  • Very springy stretch: garments made from this fabric will never lose their shape.
  • Moderate surface sheen once printed
  • Care: Hand wash wash cold water with a mild detergent. Hang to dry. May be dry cleaned.
  • Iron on synthetic setting.
  • May shrink slightly after the first wash.

Poly-Spandex Swimwear fabric

  • 88% polyester, 12% spandex knit performance fabric
  • Common uses include leggings, athletic wear, accessories.
  • Very springy stretch: garments made from this fabric will never lose their shape.
  • Moderate surface sheen once printed
  • Care: Hand wash wash cold water with a mild detergent. Hang to dry. May be dry cleaned.
  • Iron on synthetic setting.
  • May shrink slightly after the first wash.

Upholstery Weight Velveteen fabric

  • 100% polyester
  • Common uses include upholstery projects, pillow cases, drapes.
  • Surface is napped (slightly fuzzy surface)
  • Care: Hand wash wash cold water with a mild detergent. Hang to dry. May be dry cleaned.
  • Iron on synthetic setting.
  • May shrink slightly after first wash.

DETAILED SILK CARE INSTRUCTIONS

If you choose to wash your silk fabrics, we always recommend handwashing with the following washing instructions:

1. Use only lukewarm or cool water for washing and cool water for rinsing.

2. If you live in an area with hard water rich in minerals, consider adding a water softener to the water following the manufacturer's instructions. This will eliminate mineral stains from forming on the silk fabric, which are particularly visible on darker colors.  Adding water softener will also provide a deeper cleaning of your silk fabric.

3. To help retain the silk fabric's true color consider adding 1/4 cup of plain white vinegar to every two gallons of lukewarm or cool washing water.

4. Use a good quality liquid soap recommended by the manufacturer for use on delicate fabrics.  To help prevent fading of darker colors some delicate wash liquid laundry soap manufacturers offer products specially formulated for use on dark fabrics.

5. Always wash and rinse silk fabric items separately from other non-silk fabric items, and always wash and rinse each color of silk fabric separately using fresh water for each color.

6. Do not soak silk fabrics in water for an extended length of time.

7. Gently agitate the silk fabric by hand when washing and rinsing. Never twist or wring excess water from silk fabric. Gently squeeze out the excess water without stretching the silk fabric.

8. When the washing process is complete, rinse the silk fabric in cool water several times to ensure that all of the soap has been removed from the fabric. Strong colors will appear to bleed - usually caused by excess dye in the silk fabric. Always rinse the silk fabric and continue to change the water until the water is clear. To help set the dye add a small amount of salt to the final cool water rinse making sure to remove the silk fabric from the water before adding the salt. Ensure that all of the salt has completely dissolved before adding the silk fabric for the final rinse.

Once the silk fabric has been washed and rinsed, we recommend the following drying procedures:

1. Tightly roll the silk fabric item in a clean, dry towel to remove the excess moisture from the silk fabric.

2. Hang the silk fabric item in an area away from direct sunlight on a padded hanger not constructed of wood. Wooden hangers and drying racks will on occasion stain the silk fabric because of a finish applied to the wood. Do not hang the silk fabric near a source of heat.