For the longest life of your handwoven item, please wash by hand in cool water with mild soap. Rinse well. Squeeze out excess water and roll between two terry towels to eliminate as much water as possible. Line or flat dry. Gently iron for a smoother look if you desire. Those items that fit in this category include table mats and runners, woolen shawls, scarves, and pillow covers.
Care for your handwoven baby item:
Knowing that baby laundry occurs frequently, this item may be washed in the machine. However, because it is handwoven, and assuming that you would like it to last for awhile, please wash on the gentle cycle, cool water, with a mild soap. Line dry, if possible, though I have already used the dryer for a short period to test the endurance. Expect some shrinkage, but not lots, as indicated by my test run!
Care for your handwoven rug:
Handwoven rag rugs are very heavy when they are wet! The heaviness stresses the warp threads. Hose vacuum for as long as possible. No one expects a person to handwash them so, by all means, use the machine! However, do this as infrequently as possible. Use cool water and gentle cycle. Line or flat dry.
If you have purchased a wool rug, obviously you do not want to “wash” it in a machine. Please take it to your dry cleaner and specify special care.
Care for kitchen items:
For dishtowels and hand towels, use the washing and dryer machines.