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Hello and Crinkle Organza Q

Neesey | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

Hi, I’m new to these discussion boards. I am searching for directions on making crinkle organza. I thought I saw an article about it in Threads a few months back. You twist the fabric and steam it on top of the stove. Has anyone seen this or tried it? Thanks!


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    ThreadKoe | | #1

    I have never done organza, but the instructions for BROOMSTICK SKIRTS should be similar. I have done it with cotton and a dryer, as I thought that leaving wet cotton to dry twisted made it smelly. Cathy

  2. Josefly | | #2

    I think the article you mean is "Wrap it Up" by Kenneth King, in #137, June/July 2008, p 38. You gather up the ends of the fabric and tie them with string or cord, then twist the fabric tightly, put it in a vegetable steamer and steam it for 20-30 minutes. Then remove the fabric from the steamer, set aside, and allow to cool. Since these instructions were for a scarf or wrap, the fabric was first sewn into a tube and seam allowances were pressed open.

    1. Neesey | | #3

      Yes, thank you! That is exactly the article I was thinking of. Thank you so much.

      1. jjgg | | #4

        I don't think this will work with poly organza, but you could certainly try. Let us know how it comes out.

        1. Neesey | | #5

          How do you fell if the fabric is poly or not? I suppose it probably is but I bought it at a thrift store, so I don't know for sure.

          1. KharminJ | | #6

            Hi Neesey!

            There may be other ways, but the easiest that I know of is the "burn test" - pull off a couple of threads from a cut edge, about an inch an a half long, hold them together and gently touch to a flame. How they burn, and what they smell like, will tell you alot about the composition. Off the top of my head ~

            Polyester just kinda goes "pfft".Silk takes longer to burn, and has a not-chemical smell to it.

            Wools also take a moment to catch, and smell like burning hair ('cuz they are)

            Nylon basically curls up and melts

            Cotton smells pretty much like burning paper.

            And it's been so long since I used rayon, that I don't recall how that reacts. <!----> Love sewing with rayon!

            Anyway, somebody please correct me if I got any of that sideways -

            Happy Creating, and Welcome to the Gathering!


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            ThreadKoe | | #7

            You got most of it bang on Kharmin. Just a few things to add: Use a slightly larger sample if you can. A few threads burn too quickly if you get them too close to the flame.Polyester balls up into a hard plastic ball, smells like burnt plastic.Silk and wool are proteins, smell like burning hair. Wool takes longer to burn, silk catches quickly.Rayon burns like paper, because it is made like paper, and leaves a fine powdery ash. finer than cotton ash. Has an acidy smell, like a chemical.Blended fibres are harder to determine, as they will have qualities of all the fibres. A wool blended with polyester will smell like hair, burn slowly, but will also ball up. Takes practise, but you can eventually figure it out. ALWAYS do a burn test over a sink or non flammable container! Cathy

          3. KharminJ | | #8

            Thanks Cathy! I know what I know and do, but sometimes putting "What I Know" into words, without actually doing it at the same time, gets tangled ;)((())) Kharmin

            Edited 10/4/2008 11:31 am ET by KharminJ

          4. Ralphetta | | #9

            http://www.griffindyeworks.com/faqs/burntest.htmlThis is a chart that gives information on the subject.

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            ThreadKoe | | #10

            Thanks for the link Ralphetta. Nice concise, detailed resource for burn tests. Have printed off a copy for my resource file. A lot easier than pulling out my textile book or relying on my memory for some of the fibres. Burn tests are sometimes nasty, But for quick checks, they are great. Cathy

          6. Ralphetta | | #11

            About once a year my daughter would call me long distance with questions like that and then a few months ago she told me about that site she'd found.

          7. KharminJ | | #12

            Excellent reference! Thanks, Ralphetta - I just printed it out, too.


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            Thimblefingers | | #13

            If your fabric is polyester, you can crinkle it in the microwave.  Just be sure it doesn't have any rayon in it as rayon produces toxic fumes when nuked.  If it's polyester and you want to try that method, I can write you back with the instuctions.  Or maybe someone on the discussion knows of an on-line source for them.  I've wrinkled poly many times in the microwave and it does a great job.  It might even have been discussed in Gatherings some time ago - I posted a picture of my daughter's grad dress that I "cooked".  That would probably be a couple years ago.

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