It's been a while since I last laid my hands on my very first oakshott bundle. Mostly because I was scared to mess with its shimmery perfection. (Can you blame me?) Having since received a second bundle in the mail courtesy of Lynne, I realized I needed to get comfortable working with this majestic material. And fast (!)
Being a devout member of Camp Pre-wash, I decided to try my hand at washing the ruby bundle after reading this reassuring post. The result? Brand new-looking 'shott cottons. With a bit of throwback fringe...
On the positive side, the oakshotts really do look new (hallelujah!). And as an added bonus, now I know exactly what color thread has been interwoven in each of the reds ;)
The not-so-positive? All that fraying took about an inch off the width of each piece (they now measure ~8" wide rather than 9-ish"). I'm no mathematician (or am I?!), but that makes for quite a bit more than the otherwise expected 5% shrink rate.
So what am I taking away from this? Next time, I'm going to see if I can't get by with a little water spritz, steam, and a fresh press to help with the pre-shrinking process. Here's a little preview of what's on the ironing board...
Wish me luck!
So, do you have any advice for working with Oakshotts?
Linking up with Molli @ Lee's :)