Scouring Cotton and Linen

Weigh the materials to be scoured before soaking in hot water. You can wash any fabric in the washing machine prior to scouring if you want.

Recipe is for 100 grams of material to be scoured, so you might have to do some math if the weight of yours is different.

Large stock pot of enamel or stainless steel. Fill pot 2/3 full of water

Add 35 grams of soda ash for every 100 grams (dry weight) of materials to be scoured. Add materials to the pot and bring to a boil. Be careful to not let it boil over. Adjust to high simmer and simmer for a minimum of 2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes (longer for linen). Allow to cool enough to handle the materials without burning yourself. If water is extra dirty, repeat.

Rinse and use immediately for mordanting or dyeing, or let dry.

All About Cotton!

Part two of our countdown to the natural dyeing series.

And as promised, the website for Sally Fox’s organic, natural-colored cotton.

If you can find this with the swatches, it is an invaluable resource into all of the cotton fabrics available, plus a lot more on cotton, it’s history and other details. All About Cotton

All About Linen – and an Experiment!

Is linen stronger wet than dry? Let’s find out!

A brief history of flax, linen, baste plants and their uses. Also, I test to see if linen really is stronger wet than dry.

For more information on linen, how to grow, process it, and how to use it to its best, here are more videos on this subject.

Recommended reading for more about flax, linen and all the uses including weaving patterns and more. Linen – From Flax Seed to Woven Cloth