Monthly Archives: August 2009

Linen care tips: Drying, Ironing and Storing!

So many ways to dry Linen

Few days ago we told you all ideas for washing linen. Now it is time to tell you everything about drying, ironing and storing linens! To start with drying, as we mentioned before, ironing is not obligatory for linens, but once you decided to do so, LinenKids will tell you all ways to dry linen and here they are:

  • Line drying,
  • Machine drying ,
  • Rolling in terry towels,
  • Drying on the lawn!

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Whatever method you use, bring the linen in while it is still damp. We do not suggest you to wring wet or damp linen before drying, it breaks the fibers.

You should not let linen dry completely. If you are going to iron – linen is much easier to iron while damp. If you dry linen completely in the tumble dryer it may appear to have drastically shrunk. The fibers have just been compacted together and will return to normal after a quick press with an iron (and a spray of water).

You can dry linen items in a dryer on medium heat. Notice, that hot cycles will shrink linen, so clothesline is recommended by LinenKids.

There is one more way of drying linen – stretch your items on the grass to dry them (hope you will be certain the grass is clean and the dog is tied).

LinenKids has tried Line drying as well, but this may leave dimples where the clothes pins were. The sunlight helps bleach white linens, helps kill bacteria and leaves them with a great, fresh smell.

Ironing Linen can be easy!

Ironing linen is not so difficult as many people think, especially now, when most of LinenKids items are made of softened linen. According to that ironing is often optional when dried flat or tumbled at low heat. When you decide to iron, take a note, that ironing is easier if you do it when the linen is damp.2209733615_a90f2ce03f

LinenKids has noticed ironing dry linen is more difficult and requires more effort. There is one trick which you can use if you can’t get your linens while they are still damp, put them in a plastic bag in the refrigerator before ironing. This will make them easier to iron and will prevent mildew.

It is also recommended to use spray starch and iron with lots of steam. We suggest to iron at a medium-to-hot setting.

Linens should be ironed on the wrong side first, after that on the right side. Do not iron dark linens on the right side.  For heavier fabrics we are using slightly higher temperature setting. Even if pure linen can withstand the highest temperature setting on your iron, it is better to test an inconspicuous corner first.

LinenKids never iron linen until it is dry, usually we iron until smooth, then hang the linen item and let  it dry.

LinenKids has plenty of embroidered linen items, and here are some tips for embroidered linen ironing: keep the embroidery stitches rounded and dimensional by pressing item on the wrong side atop a soft towel. Use a press cloth to safeguard delicate lace and cut work. A press cloth also helps to avoid press marks over seams, hems and pockets.

Linen clothes are so comfortable during your holidays. In case it wrinkles when traveling, do not try to steam out wrinkles, it should be pressed out with an iron, do not forget to dampen linen first for easy ironing.

Tips for storing Linen

Never be afraid to take linen clothes when traveling, LinenKids believe linen items will be your favorite! Here are some tips for storing linen. You should always clean linen items before storing, good ventilation is also very important to avoid mildew.  Hope you will never discover mildew, but in case you will, brush the mold off outdoors to avoid scattering spores in your house. Then soak the linen item in a weak solution of hydrogen peroxide and water before laundering. Wash as we recommended before and dry in the sun, finally store in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area and you will forget mildew.linen

If you decide to wrap your linen items, use bags of cotton, muslin or even better – bags of linen. Have you noticed that all LinenKids items are packed into beautiful LinenKids linen bags? Yes they are!!! So no more worries about linen packing with LinenKids!

When you are moving from one place to another, pack linens using a box that isn’t too large or too small to hold your linen items.  LinenKids don’t recommend you to crowd your linens. To start with packing into a box, lay a sheet of clean tissue paper on the bottom of the box. Follow that with a single layer of linens. Continue alternating tissue paper and linens until the box is full. It is important to fill any gaps on the sides of the box with tissue paper to help hold the linens in place while you move.

No more worries about washing, drying, ironing or storing linens, everything is so easy, true?

Linen care tips from LinenKids

Linen is a beautiful and durable fabric that is made from fibers of the flax plant. You probably have some fabrics made from linens at home such as clothing, bed and bath time linens or home textile. Hope you have find something special for your kids at LinenKids store as well.

For thousands of years – long before any dry cleaners – linens have been around and successfully cared for. Have you ever heard that linen fabrics are much stronger and smoother than cotton? While linen is 2 to 3 times stronger than regular cotton, LinenKids recommend you to take certain but simple measures to care for your linen fabrics to last a long time. The most important rule for linen care is to use the manufacturers care recommendations as linen fabrics have different dyes, textures and weaves. Therefore, you should always look on LinenKids items’ label, where you will find linen item care instructions indicated.

People are often intimidated by linen due to the misconceived notion that it is difficult to care for. We will reveal for you that linen does not have to be treated in any special way and ironing is not obligatory!

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Few tips for LinenKids fans how to care for Linens:

Linen will be even better after the wash and washing linen textiles is not difficult at all!

LinenKids uses and recommends washing rather than dry cleaning for linen clothes, bed and bath time linens. Dear Linens Fan, do not forget – washing is recommended because the more linen is washed, the softer, more absorbent and more luminous it becomes. For linens you can use either hand or machine washing, but observe the following tips:

  • Be gentle when laundering linen: use a gentle wash cycle or hand wash and use just a little gentle soap. Do you have delicate, embroidered or fringed linens? Put them in a lingerie bag or a pillow case before putting them into a washing machine and it will be safely washed. We recommend cool to warm, not hot, water. For colored linens cool water is recommended.

  • You should notice that it is important to wash in a machine that is not fully loaded (the more water the better). Continue reading

Let’s talk about linen!

Linen has a rich and interesting history. For starters, it’s one of the oldest textiles (with origins dating back to 9C BC (in Lithuania since 4BC), and has a place on various continents. That’s why it occupies a special place in the folk culture of every nation.
Textiles are one of the most rich and most beautiful art branches of Lithuanian craftwork. There are mentions of linen in Lithuanian folklore from the oldest times. An archaeological dig performed in Lithuanian territory revealed that, from as early as the second century, evidence of flax and wool textiles. From the 16th century there were exports of Lithuanian linen and yarn into West Europe (Germany and Holland). The first workshops were established in the Great Duchy of Lithuania in the beginning of the 17th century.
Until the 16th century, Lithuanian’s used their local flax seeds. But because the plant does better in a colder climate, it would degenerate after two to three years in milder weather. To help the struggling farmers, Roscoff saolirs had the great idea of bringing back flax seed from the Baltic Sea region. This flax was not as demanding or delicate as flax cultivated in central Europe. The result was a boon for Lithuanian flax growers; this new flax didn’t even need rich soil and the plant would produce flowers that were three times taller.
The stalk of Lithuanian flax reaches up to 150 cm, covered with fine leaves, and with blue, pink or whitish blossom. Although Ireland remains the greatest exporter of flax, the fabric woven from Lithuania flax fibres is recognized as being of especially high quality.
Perhaps befitting of the most ancient fibre in the world, linen is beneficial for your skin. Its thermoregulatory properties provide insulation in the winter and breathability in the summer. It is anallergic and anti-bacterial, as well as being the strongest of all natural fibres.
Sometimes people ask us what sets our linen apart from other high-quality linen, such as that from Belgium or France. The short answer is that linen is a Lithuanian tradition. It is made from flax that is unique to Lithuania, and which yields a linen that is lighter than French or Belgian linen, and of much higher quality than the linen typically used in mass-produced clothes.
I think the best way to describe it is this way  LinenKids linen is lighter, smoother and cooler than other linens. Just move your hand over our linen and you’ll see exactly what I mean. the other benefit with our linen is that it gets softer with every washing. But consider this: when you choose linen over cotton, you’re helping the planet because flax (the crop from which linen is derived) requires less water to grow, requires fewer resources to grow, and all the flax by-products are put to good use.

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I thought it might interest some of our customers to understand why we love linen so much… so here’s a little history on my favorite textile. Enjoy!

Linen has a rich and interesting history. For starters, it’s one of the oldest textiles (with origins dating back to 9C BC (in Lithuania since 4BC), and has a place on various continents. That’s why it occupies a special place in the folk culture of every nation.

Textiles are one of the richest and most beautiful arts of Lithuanian craftwork. There are mentions of linen in Lithuanian folklore from the oldest times. An archaeological dig performed in Lithuanian territory revealed that, from as early as the second century, there was evidence of flax and wool textiles. From the 16th century there were exports of Lithuanian linen and yarn into West Europe (Germany and Holland). The first textile workshops were established in the Great Duchy of Lithuania in the beginning of the 17th century.

Until the 16th century, Lithuanians used their local flax seeds. But because the plant does better in a colder climate, it would often degenerate after two to three years in milder weather. To help the struggling farmers, Roscoff sailors had the brilliant idea of bringing back flax seed from the Baltic Sea region. This flax was not as demanding or delicate as flax cultivated in central Europe. The result was a boon for Lithuanian flax growers; this new flax didn’t even need rich soil and the plant would produce flowers that were three times taller.

The stalk of Lithuanian flax reaches up to 150 cm, covered with fine leaves, and with blue, pink or whitish blossom. Although Ireland remains the greatest exporter of flax, the fabric woven from Lithuania flax fibres is recognized as being of especially high quality.

Perhaps befitting of the most ancient fibre in the world, linen is beneficial for your skin. Its thermoregulatory properties provide insulation in the winter and breathability in the summer. It is anallergic and anti-bacterial, as well as being the strongest of all natural fibres – which means it’s durable.

Sometimes people ask us what sets our linen apart from other high-quality linen, such as that from Ireland, Belgium or France. The short answer is that linen is a Lithuanian tradition. It is made from flax that is unique to Lithuania, and which yields a linen that is lighter than other linen fabrics, and of much higher quality than the linen typically used in mass-produced clothes.

I think the best way to describe it is this way:  LinenKids linen is lighter, smoother and cooler than other linens. Just smooth your hand over our linen and you’ll see exactly what I mean. the other benefit with our linen is that it gets softer with every washing. And consider this: when you choose linen over cotton, you’re helping the planet because flax (the crop from which linen is derived) requires less water than cotton to grow, requires fewer other resources, and all the flax by-products are put to good use.

Want a few reasons why linen is the best fabric for your children?

  • Linen fabric breathes, much like human skin. In hot weather, linen texture keeps kids cool by absorbing moisture and deflecting heat, while in cool weather it retains body heat. Because it is absorbent and a good conductor of heat, linen fabric feels cool to the touch.
  • Linen is non-allergic. This makes it an ideal fabric for children’s sensitive skin, and is especially good for those with skin conditions such as allergies and eczema because it is non-allergic and has a natural pH balance. It creates a great microclimate for skin.
  • Linen is antistatic. It is especially recommended for children who are sensitive to those scary static shocks.
  • Linen absorbs moisture well. It can absorb up to 20% or more of its own weight in moisture, while still feeling dry to the touch. Linen also absorbs the moisture rapidly, which makes it wonderful for bath-time.
  • Over time, linen becomes softer and even more comfortable. Linen resists wear and tear much better than other fibers, so it will last longer than garments accessories made from cotton or artificial fabrics.
  • Linen resists stains like no other fabric and is completely washable at both high and low temperatures, without losing any of its excellent properties, texture or shape.
  • Best of all, linen is eco-friendly!. It comes from flax and every part of the plant is used. The linen production process is sustainable and does not cause any harm to nature.

So you now you can enjoy linen even more!

Thank you LinenKids customers!

Just a month ago we shared with you our worldwide customer map and we were glad to tell you that LinenKids.com has shipped hundreds of top-quality, natural handmade linen products for children to people all over the world. Kids wear our linens on weddings and special occasions from Hawaii to Norway, kids look beautiful in our linens on holiday, our linen toys are adored from the United Kingdom to Brazil and we are happy to receive feedback and to know that people like what we do. Every day we keep receiving lots of enquiries, feedback and questions… and today we would like to share with all of you the feedback on LinenKids products and services that we recently received. Thank you all!

Day to day we are trying to provide our customers with the best service and it is pleasure to be evaluated for this:

I have received the shipment today. I am very satisfied with the suits and shirts! Thank you for excellent service, I will recommend LinenKids to all my friends! ” (Siv Helen Pettersen, Norway)

Our motto – LinenKids puts soul back into kids clothes. So we are more than happy when LinenKids customers are satisfied with unique linen clothes. And it is a pleasure to hear that people are willing to come back to our shop.

Yesterday I received your package with the beautiful clothes I ordered from you. They are really really well made and special and beautiful!! I am so happy I got them. It was a pleasure doing business with you, it wouldn’t be surprising for me to come back to your shop very soon!! (Claudia Caponi, Spain)

We look forward to Claudia’s next visit LinenKids again and we hope to see some pictures of her daughter wearing Striped Knit Linen Dress.

Kris Doman from the USA was also pleased with her order:

I received the shirt today. Wow, that was so fast, and it is so beautiful! Thank you so much for rushing it. After I take his baptism portraits, I’ll be sure to send you an image.” (Kris Doman, United States)

Thank you, Kris, we are happy to share your amazing pictures from your blog http://www.kdportraits.blogspot.com/

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If anybody knows what is more beautiful than your kid wearing linen on the seaside, let us know!

We are happy to hear that our linen toys can brighten the day for kids, parents and even grandparents:

I am delighted with my Linen Rabbit Mummy which arrived today. You will be amused to learn that this rabbit is not for a “little one” but for myself. I am a 76 year old lady, living alone, and I saw this featured in the Saturday Telegraph magazine section ( I think ) and was enchanted, so ordered it. She now sits on my Dressing Table with other ornaments and brightens my day. (Pamela Messenger, United Kingdom)

We just want to say THANKS for your feedback! All these nice words encouraged us to be even more creative and to satisfy all your needs. This is why we have expanded our collection with kids-friendly Bath Time Linens and we have much more plans to introduce you more beautiful linens in the future. Stay tuned!

LinenKids July Monthly Prize Winner is Katy!

Thank you so much for all visitors who subscribed to our Newsletter in July!

LinenKids team is more than happy to announce the lucky winner of this nice White Linen Butterfly Scarf. The winner is – Katy!!!

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Our team will contact Katy directly by email for shipping details.

Liked this Linen Scarf? Oh, we have more nice linen items for you in future giveaways! Subscribe to our Newsletter in August and maybe you could win this fabulous Linen Towel!

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Have a nice time in August with LinenKids!