General Applique Tips
-Wash first-I stitch the ends of each side (not the top and bottom), so it won't pull open. Wash using heavy duty cycle with a towel to agitate it more. Use soap, fabric softener and cold water. Before putting it in the dryer, cut off the loose threads. If it is not soft enough (it probably will be), repeat.
-Buy a little extra as it may come slightly apart as you cut and sew.
-You will need to trim the applique to size after washing. I suggest deciding on a pattern and trim it to size.
-Do not remove the backing because it will fall apart.
-It has already been washed several time during the batik process.
-Gentle cold wash, and machine dry. You can decide if you want to give it a quick iron.
-It has been prewashed. Gentle cold wash, and machine dry. You can decide if you want to give it a quick iron.
Burma silk is handwoven in Burma (Myanmar) and brought to markets in Chiang Mai. Because it is handwoven, there could be irregularities in color and weaving, which is normal. If it is to be washed, test a small piece first in cold water. You can usually cut a small piece and rub it under cold water, to see if the color will run out. At this time, very few colors have bled out. The burma pintuck will shrivel up and make ironing it smooth again a hassle. I recommend hand washing it. Always use cold water with this fabric.
Machine wash cold water, tumble dry. Iron if you prefer.