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Date: 11/19/11 2:30 PM

I want to make some handkerchiefs for my husband this Christmas.

Some of the handkerchiefs we have currently wash up nice and flat, while others get all wrinkly along two edges, parallel to the lengthwise grain. The ones that wash well don't seem to have any difference in stretch on the crosswise versus lengthwise grainlines.

So my fabric question is: what is the weave called that doesn't have the difference in stretch, and how do I find fabric with that weave?

All suggestions welcomed. The fabric need not be white (he gets dirty at his work and those dainty white handkerchiefs are pretty out of place anyway!) but I would like it to look the same on both sides if possible, not one colored side and one lighter side.

Thank you!

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Date: 11/19/11 9:02 PM

here is some on ebay that is a powder blue. looks very pretty.

hanky fabric
here's another place that sells all kinds of colors.hanky fabric
hope this helps.

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Date: 11/24/11 9:24 AM

Thank you, those look nice! Sorry to be so late in responding, we had internet trouble earlier this week and then I kind of forgot about this question until now.

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Date: 11/24/11 12:08 PM

"So my fabric question is: what is the weave called that doesn't have the difference in stretch, and how do I find fabric with that weave?"

One term used to describe this is "even weave," referring to the same number of threads both lengthwise and crosswise in a square inch of fabric. But the term is generally only seen with reference to embroidery canvas or linen used for counted thread embroidery.

You can buy magnifiers that allow you to check for this, but the simplest thing, in my experience, is to buy handkerchief-weight linen or high quality pure cotton men's shirting--and wash and dry the material several times before sewing with it. Both of these types of fabrics tend to have the qualities you are looking for.

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