Finishing Linen and Cottolin

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I bought some Euroflax from you thinking I would use it for napkins, but watching one of the videos you mentioned that you would not put Euroflax in the dryer, so I’m thinking it may not be appropriate for napkins? I also saw in a Helpine question where a woman mentioned she put her woven Euroflax item in the freezer after fulling?!

Oh Gee….the real problem is linen and dryers.  I like nice crisp linen,  and dryers soften it and make it limp.  I do use Euroflax all the time in napkins and tea towels.  I wash them in the machine and I put them in the dryer for maybe 1 minute to get them warm.  I have a folding drying rack and after that minute is up in the dryer I snap them open, smooth the hem and selvedges between my thumb and pointer finger and then I hang them on the rack.  I don’t have to press them then.  I just fold them up and they look great.  I love them and they last forever.

Louet has really designed Euroflax for the knitting world and they say that you can throw the garments in the dryer… it is just my fussiness around linen that prevents me from doing it.  All my clothes are linen and I treat them all the same way.  They go in the dryer for that 1 minute to get warm and then I immediately hang them to dry and I don’t have to iron them.

Make your napkins out of that Euroflax, your lips will feel special every time you dab your mouth :). The first time you wash them….throw them in the dryer and you’ll see what I’m talking about, the 2nd time you wash them try the other method and see which one you like better.  My ideas aren’t right, they are just how I like to do it and you might like the dryer method better and that is awesome.  It is all good! I do treat cottolin the same way in regards to sett as 8/2 cotton. If you remember in the episode on yarns where I talk about the count system and how confusing it can be, I mention that if the yarn looks the same size that is good enough for me. Cottolin and 8/2 cotton look the same size. The yardage difference is so minimal I treat them the same. In the first episode of Season 3, we continued talking about sett.

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