Frequently Asked Questions


How do I take care of handwoven items?

Cotton -  All my cotton items may be washed warm in the washing machine. It is safe to go in the dryer on medium heat. Line drying is also a great option. If you want to iron the fabric, use a medium heat setting and spray it with a bit of water.

Wool -  Hand wash only. Wool will shrink under heat and repeated friction, so avoid using any washing or drying machine. To hand wash, use cool water (avoid very cold water as it also may shock the fibre causing it to shrink). Let the fabric soak in a basin with mild soap, then gently move and turn it around. Once washed, squeeze out the water (do not wring, as this will stretch and distort its shape). The fabric is still quite wet at this stage. There are a few options to get rid of the excess water. One option is to roll the woollen fabric in one or two thick towels, leaving it for about an hour; then laying it flat to dry (large items may be folded in half). Another option is putting it in only for the spin cycle of the washing machine. When the wool is just slightly damp (when it is no longer heavy and feels about the same weight as the dry fabric) I do hang it up, for it is not as heavy anymore.

Other washing tips - You can avoid washing any full piece by spot cleaning. Wet a cloth with cool soapy water and dab the stained area. (Avoid rubbing and/or using hot water as this will set the stain deeper into the fabric). Airing outside from time to time is another way to freshen up the handwoven fabric.

 

How long does it take for you to weave?

Most of the work of weaving is actually the setting up of the loom: planning the project, measuring out the yarn, threading it into the loom, and tying it off to a perfect tension. For me, this can take between 10-15 hours, depending on the length and width of the project.

The actual weaving takes between 30 minutes to 4 hours per piece, again depending on its size. Once the weaving is off the loom then there is still more work which includes cutting the weaving into separate pieces, sewing the hem or adding tassels, washing and drying the fabric and ironing if necessary.

The whole process is beautiful and I love every part of it. 

Do you make custom orders?

No, I do not take any custom orders at this time.

Some other notes

There are some "imperfections" with weaving, but it is a beautiful reminder of the hands that wove it. Sometimes you will see a thicker section of thread in the weft (the horizontal threads of the fabric). When the weft thread is changed, a few centimetres of the old thread overlap with the new thread. This doubling up of thread does not affect the structure of the weaving however and it is barely noticeable.

All handwoven items are pre-washed and come from a smoke-free and pet-free environment.

Colours in the photos may be slightly different than the exact colour of the woven piece. 

Do you have any more questions? Email me at gentlywoven@gmail.com