Thursday, December 2, 2010
Tea Towel Exchange Part Two
When I pulled the exchange tea towels off the loom, did a quick machine zigzag and tossed them in the washer and dryer. I made myself a lovely cappuccino, OK it was instant, but really, really good; and sat down to hand hem.Again, best laid plans and all that … I couldn’t get my pins through the hems because there was too much texture to keep the hems in line. It was difficult to get a photo showing the texture, but the pattern didn’t line up flat, it humped and bumped all over the place.My only recourse was to haul out ‘McSteamy’ and give it a pre-press! I really love my Singer Steam Press and it does make pretty easy work of pressing. I take my item; from a napkin to a table cloth I do the same thing. I make small accordion folds in the fabric. And tuck it into the space between the raised presser arm and the bottom plate. Then I simply press as much as fits on the plate, and move it forward incrementally. If it’s wide like a table cloth I move laterally along the length before pulling it forward. I really hate buying a commercial table linen only to find that after the first washing it’s no longer square….so I take a few extra minutes and make sure that I’m starting out straight and square. I just find some line in my weaving – whether it’s a pattern line or a colour line and make sure it’s spot on before I press.I can’t believe how much the texture flattened out. It sure made hemming much easier, but of course after it’s washed a time or two the texture will pop back up, which is exactly what I want in a tea towel, nice and thirsty!Now I’m done, done, done! Pretty as a picture, don’t ya think?