- Do you send out free samples of cotton?
It depends on which print you would like a sample of. With some of our prints we are happy to send you a little sample of them. However, with others we have a very limited amount, so we can’t send out samples. If you would like a sample of a print we don’t send samples of, we can always send you a sample of a similar print to give you an idea of the feel and quality of the cotton. In any case, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll sort something out.
- In the descriptions of the cotton you state its weight, eg 100g/m². I’m not very familiar with weights of textiles, could you give me an idea of what they represent?
Our cottons are soft and thin, ideal for clothes, craft projects, quilting, patchwork, … not suitable, ie. too thin for upholstery, curtains, etc. In our blog we wrote about the process of block-printing. The first step in block-printing is to thoroughly wash the cotton. This is done in order to wash out all the impurities, both natural and added, from the cotton. In the weaving process of cotton, starch is added to prevent the individual threads from ripping. Often when you buy cotton by the yard, you will find that it is quite stiff, that’s the starch which was added. In our cotton there’s no starch, hence it’s very soft. If, however, you find it too soft and fiddly to sew with, you can add starch before you sew. You can buy bottles of spray-on fabric starch.
- Are the fabrics colourfast?
Our cotton fabrics are printed using natural dyes, therefore, the colours do tend to run, some more than others. We suggest that you colour fasten/fix the cotton before you work with or use it. How to fix it? Some people like to soak it in a mixture of water, salt and vinegar. Our preferred method for colour fastening is to use soda crystals. You should be able to find packets of soda crystals at your local supermarket. Method: pour around 300gr. of soda crystals into a standard bucket (12L) of lukewarm water, add a tablespoon of salt and mix. Put your block-printed fabric in the bucket and let it soak overnight. After that rinse it and pop in the washing machine at 30℃ with a mild detergent. Air dry it away from direct sunlight.
- How do you recommend I wash block-printed cotton fabric?
If you haven’t colour fastened/fixed your block-printed cotton (see above), then make sure you wash it separately as the dye might well run. You can machine wash the cotton at 30℃ with a mild detergent. Important; do not dry it in direct sunlight. You can iron it, no problem.
- I have a fabric shop and would be interested in stocking some of your textiles. Do you sell wholesale?
Yes, absolutely. Please get in touch at email@example.com to discuss.
- I’m a textile designer and I’d like to get my own designs block-printed. If I provide you with a design, are you able to have it block-printed for me?
Generally speaking, yes. One thing to keep in mind; carving blocks, block-printing cotton and shipping takes time. This all takes time. Depending on the intricacy of the design, the number of blocks required and the colours to be printed, it will take at least a month and a half. For more details, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.