Care for your Linens

The following are the basic care instruction for Kearsley linens. These fine linens deserve some special care to ensure your continued enjoyment of their luxurious qualities.

Please note that if your water is hard or unfiltered well water you will need to send out your linens to be laundered and give the laundry the care instructions. Fine sediment in this type of water will wear the sheets out very quickly.

Linens last longer when they are pressed.  It is best not to press with starch.  Starch eats away at the fibers.

Fastest way to iron is to pull linens out when still damp and spread over a blanket over an island or peninsula to iron.  Folded in halk speeds things up.  Fibers wear out at their ends and ironing smooths out these ends, minimizing the friction points on the linens and prolonging their life.  Sadly stuble are tiny razors and pillow cases subjected to 5 o’clock shadow are going to wear far more quickly than the rest of the linens.  We recommend ordering an extra set  (or two) of pillowcases for those of you with (or sharing a bed with) these fine fiber destroyers on your face.

We have found that the only time our fine cotton pills is when a client has an allergy to and is sleeping with down and feathers.

Sheets
Please wash them with cool water and a gentle detergent that has no perfumes, dyes, alkali, bleaches or optical brighteners as any of these additives can shorten the life of the fabric or effect the color or embroidery.  Do not use softeners.
We recommend hanging the sheets to dry as a dryer could cause shrinkage.  Ironing while still a bit damp returns the sheeting to its luxurious smoothness and prolongs its life.   Alternatively you can spread sheets on a bed and smooth them with your hands.
Professional laundering is also a good choice if there are no harsh chemicals used by the establishment.
Terry
Please wash terry two or three times before use.
Wash the towels and robes with cool water and a gentle detergent that has no perfumes, dyes, alkali, bleaches or optical brighteners as any of them can shorten the life of the fabric or affect the color or embroidery.
Be sure that there are no open zippers or Velcro items in the same load of laundry!
Do not use softeners.
Tumble until completely dry.  In this process the terry will compact a bit and will no longer snag.  Snagging is common before washing and if this should occur just snip off the offending threads.
Cotton Matelassé Bed Covers & Shams
Please wash with cool water and a gentle detergent that contains no perfumes, dyes, alkali, bleaches or optical brighteners as any of these can shorten the life of the fabric or affect the color or embroidery.  Do not use softeners.
 It is necessary to hang to dry.  Do NOT use the dryer as the item (bed cover or shams) will shrink. Kearsley will pre-wash items if you plan to wash and dry them.  They iron back out to looking new, but have a great textual puckered look when they are not ironed.
Professional dry cleaning is also a good choice if there are no harsh chemicals used.
Table Linen
Please wash them with cool water and a gentle detergent with no perfumes, dyes, alkali, bleaches or optical brighteners as any of them can shorten the life of the fabric or effect the color or embroidery.  Do not use softeners.
No starch is required, but may be used.
The best way to dry linens is by hanging on a line or rod.  If you use a drier use the gentlest heat and remove the linens before they are completely dry.  Pressing is necessary to return the linens to their crisp and fresh appearance.
For this wonderful linen professional laundering is an excellent choice if there are no harsh chemicals used.

Details, Embellishments & Embroideries

Custom, Bespoke, Couture Embroidery
Custom, bespoke and couture all mean the same thing in American, English and French.  It is what we love best at Kearsley.  Kearsley can create any embroidery for your project or we can alter or color any of our existing embroideries to coordinate or match your environment.
Shown: Tudor I Embroidery-Copyright 2014 (done to match a private client’s bedroom collection of Tudor carved wood panels.
Tyrolean I Embroidery
Tyrolean II Embrodiery
Tyrolean III Embroidery
Contrasting Cuff & Edging

Cuff or flange in a color or fabric different from the body of the pillowcase, sham, duvet cover or top sheet.

Contrasting Bands

A band or bands of any size in a color or fabric different from the body of the pillowcase, sham, duvet cover or top sheet.

Soleil Jacquard Border
Hemstitch

Hemstitch is a hem along along a line from which threads have been pulled and the remaining threads are wrap stitched into a series of uniform groups. Kearsley can add it as a detail on napkins, table cloths, cocktail napkins, coasters, pillow case cuffs, pillow sham flanges, duvet cover flanges, top sheet cuff in single up to ten rows.

Contrasting Stitch(s)
Wave Emboidery

About Fibers, Weaves & Thread Count

In this section we hope to help make clear many of the facts about fibers, linens, design, sewing and weaving that have been so elusive with current marketing trends. Please click on each label for full details.
Fiber Content and Labelling
Labeling laws are strange and inadequate in the United States.  The designated country of origin is where the most production money is spent (including packaging and labeling) or the name of the last country involved in production.
A product may be called cotton, Egyptian cotton, etc. even if it contains only 10% of that fiber.  For cashmere the quantiy is 15%.  With any fiber there is always a vast variety of quality on the market.  It is best to look for labels stating the product contains 100% of the fiber. Unfortunately, there is no way to check on the label for the quality of the fiber.  Here you must rely on the reputation of the seller.
Example: all of our sheeting fabric is woven in Italy, but some linens are sewn and embroidered in the US and some are sewn and embroidered in Italy.  We label them as such.  Labels for many luxury textiles can be very misleading and even incorrect.
Stitching and Sewing

Kearsley uses very tiny stitches in our sewing, 12-16 stiches per inch.  These tiny stitches make for a beautiful finished look as well as a stong long lasting product.

These tiny stiches slow the sewing process down to approximately 1/3 the pace of normal sheeting stitches. French and fully rolled seams are used as much as possible for stong clean construction.  Fabrics  fail where they are allowed to fray.

The small stitched, and doubled closed hems and seams minimize fray.

Linen
Linen is a textile made from the fibers of the flax plant. Linen is laborious to manufacture, but the fiber is very absorbent and garments made of linen are valued for their exceptional coolness and freshness in hot weather.
Linen is an especially strong fiber.  Kearlsey’s linen is grown in Belgium and Ireland. Linen is  durable. It is soft, strong and lustrous, and grows silkier with each washing.  Linen’s cool, smooth finish, and natural moisture wicking traits make it particularly inviting and healthy in the summer months and tropical climates.
The perfect bed set up for humid and tropical climates is linen sheets with a cashmere blanket.  It may sound warmer than a cotton blanket or summer weight duvet, but it is not.
Cashmere unlike cotton and down (remember duvets have cotton on both sides to hold the down and feather in) breathes beautifully and together with cotton is an incredibly luxurious, comfortable and healthy way to sleep when it is hot and muggy.
Cashmere
Cashmere wool, usually simply known as cashmere, is a fiber obtained from cashmere goats and other types of goat.
The finest grades come from the chest hairs of the cashmere goat and are then gone through with tweasers and magnifying glasses to ensure only the finest fibers are woven.
Common usage defines the fiber as a wool but in fact it is a hair, and this is what gives it its unique characteristics as compared to sheep’s wool.
The word cashmere is a spelling of Kashmir. Cashmere is fine in texture, strong, light, and soft. Kearsley sources our cashmere from Mongolia and Scotland, where the finest cashmere is grown due to the constant cold and harsh conditions.
Cashmere unlike cotton and down (remember duvets have cotton on both sides to hold the down and feather in) breathes beautifully and together with cotton is an incredibly luxurious, comfortable and healthy way to sleep when it is hot and muggy.
Jacquard Weave

Jacquard  Weaves are produced from a jacquard loom (named after their inventor Joseph Marie Jacquard). It allows for a precise variety of weaves to be used in combination to create intricate designs.

Originally the loom was invented to work with punch cards and many punch card looms still exist.  The new jacquard looms are digitally controlled .

Matelassé

There is no reason to write our own definition on this one.  Wikipedia did a great job….”Matelassé (mat-la-SAY) is a weaving or stitching technique yielding a pattern that appears quilted or padded.[1] Matelassé may be achieved by hand, on a jacquard loom, or a quilting machine.

It is meant to mimic the style of hand-stitched quilts made in Marseilles, France. It is a heavy, thick textile that appears to be padded, but actually has no padding within the fabric”.

Thread Count

Thread count is the number of threads woven together in a square inch. One counts warp (lengthwise) and weft (widthwise). So 200 lengthwise threads woven with 200 widthwise threads produce a thread count of 400. Thread count has been abused and inaccurately used in marketing linens.

There are many different ways to come up with thread count.  The thinner the thread, the more that can be woven into an inch.  The coarser threads are 20’s and the finest are 120’s.  It is using 100’s and 120’s that allow the true very high thread counts.  However, true 1,000+ thread count cotton sheeting is extremely tightly woven and does not breathe adequately.  Your body breathes and resets itself while you sleep.  This process is a bit humid and it is healthier to have linens that breathe.

We recommend no higher than a Kearsley 600tc or 750tc cotton sateen or 500tc or 800tc cotton percale.  Silk is much finer than cotton, so a 1,000 thread count silk is going to breathe more like a 500 or 600 thread count cotton.  Linen is a natural wicker of moisture and therefor may be the healthiest in which to sleep.  If you prefer cotton, then lower thread counts will be best for humid climates.

Cotton

Long Staple Egyptian Cotton is  the highest quality of a varietal of cotton developed in Egypt.  Kearsley souces our Egyptian cotton in Egypt.

There are 38 grades of Egyptian cotton and we only source from the top.  Long staple is the top grouping of these grades and is longer than the lower grades.  Fibers wear out at their ends, so the longer the fiber, the longer lasting the cotton.

Fabrics can be labeled Egyptian cotton if they contain 10% of the fiber.  100% Egyptian cotton is important.  The quality of the fiber is rarely listed

Silk

Silk is a fine, strong, soft, lustrous fiber produced by silkworms in making cocoons and collected to make thread and fabric.  Silk does require extra care in laundering.

Silk fill in a duvet is incredible warm and light weight.

Sateen Weave

Sateen Weave is a one sided and directional weave.  It gives a silk-like touch.  Warp yarns are floated three over and one under weft yarns, giving it a very smooth finish.

Sateen is made with spun yarns instead of filament.  This gives it an initial sheen which fades somewhat with washing.

Irioning slightly restores the finish.  However, it stays beautifully soft throughout it’s life and shows wrinkles less than a percale (plain) weave.  ~ Kearsley Sateen Weaves: Art Deco Matelasse, Aspen, Deluxe, Essentials Sateen, Monaco, San Francisco, Soleil Sateen & Venice

Percale Weave

Percale or Plain Weave is just that.  It is like an Oxford cloth with a one over one under weave.  While it is strong, it does show wrinkles.

Its fans like it for its crispness. Percale is typically 200 thread count or higher.

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