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 half 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.
Details, Embellishments & Embroideries
Cuff or flange in a color or fabric different from the body of the pillowcase, sham, duvet cover or top sheet.
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.
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.
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.
Kearsley uses very tiny stitches in our sewing, 12-16 stitches per inch. These tiny stitches make for a beautiful finished look as well as a strong long lasting product.
These tiny stitches 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 strong clean construction. Fabrics fail where they are allowed to fray.
The small stitched, and doubled closed hems and seams minimize fray.
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 .
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. 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 is the number of threads woven together in a square inch. One counts warp (length-wise) and weft (width-wise). So 200 lengthwise threads woven with 200 width-wise 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 therefore may be the healthiest in which to sleep. If you prefer cotton, then lower thread counts will be best for humid climates.
Long Staple Egyptian Cotton is the highest quality of a varietal of cotton developed in Egypt. Kearsley sources 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 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 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.
Ironing 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 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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