Cotton Information and Care Instructions
At Harrowset Hall we endeavour to source the best of product for our customers.
Our signature sheeting is made in New Zealand of high quality cotton yarn and we offer a variety of thread counts to suit different customer needs and wants.
Our Premium Egyptian Cotton sheeting is produced from 500 thread count fabric. The yarn is woven in Egypt from cotton grown on the Nile Delta which is amongst the world’s finest due to the long staple of the fibre. This enables the cotton to be spun into finer yarns with higher strength due to the unbroken length of the fibres. After picking the cotton is graded, cleaned and carded to remove the shorter weaker fibres. The process of combing the cotton ensures that the longer stronger fibres can be spun and woven producing a quality cotton fabric and ensuring many years of use.
A lot of customers refer to thread count as a measure of quality and this is relevant if a long staple fibre is used. The higher the thread count, the finer the thread, the more threads per sq inch or per 10 sq cms. This varies depending on the measurement used. A thread count of 250 pre 10 sq cms ensures a durable good quality cotton sheeting. The higher the thread count the finer and softer the feel of the sheeting.
However some of our hand embroidered sheets are made using a relatively low thread count sheeting which gives the cotton a thicker denser feel. Some of the embroidery techniques such as faggoting and pull thread work cannot be done on high thread count sheets due to the tightness of the cotton weave.
Egyptian Cotton Care Instructions
Egyptian cotton is known for its luxurious feel. This is due to the long staple of the cotton fiber which is unique to the crops grown on the Nile Delta. If cared for properly, genuine Egyptian cotton sheets can last for decades.
The handle and feel of the sheets created with Egyptian cotton is crisper than other cottons when new, however Egyptian cotton becomes softer and more luxurious with washing.
Egyptian cotton bedlinen should be ideally washed in warm water (no higher the 40°C) using a liquid soap.
Commercial laundering is possible, however home laundry is recommended. We suggest that all linens are washed before use and avoid washing with polyester items to avoid lint forming. Line drying is recommended to leave it almost wrinkle free.
Shrinkage may occur in natural linens. The sizing of our range allows for expected shrinkage which is why we add approx 5% to the sizes shown. Washing or drying at high temperatures should be avoided.
Ironing your sheets before putting them on your bed is a worthwhile luxury or if you don’t have time, take them to a reputable commercial laundry and pick them up beautifully folded and pressed! Always try to iron your linen while still slightly damp or spray very lightly with a linen spray.
Due to the handcrafted nature of a lot of the quilts we carry these require special care.
Most of the quilts are filled with cotton batting and use traditional methods of stitching and dying.
Handmade quilts can be machine washed with a gentle liquid soap that has been fully dissolved.
Avoid spot cleaning as this may cause the fabric to bleed or fade in patches.
Do not bleach, dry clean or tumble dry.
Gently pull the quilt into shape while still damp.
Avoid direct sunlight as natural dyes have been used in the dying and printing and fading will occur over time though this adds to the heirloom quality of the quilt.
Quilts can be washed by a reputable drycleaner and air dried but avoid drycleaning as the chemicals used can sometimes strip the natural dyes.