Primrose Bordier herself and style
- Le Jacquard Francais premiere Designer- inspiration.
The term stylist appeared in France in the 1960s; it was not a recognized profession. The aim of the stylist is to bring beauty to our lives, to change décors and to make lovely things accessible. Their principle is that beautiful things are not necessarily expensive.
During the 1970s the Primrose Bordier style made its mark and made colored linen fashionable. It brought color into every room: colored sheets in the bedroom, colored towels in the bathroom, colored tablecloths and dish towels in the dining room and kitchen, and brightly colored print fabrics in the living room. Primrose brought an explosion of color into the whole house! Primrose's reputation was international, sought after from America to Japan.
Primrose used to describe its collections as the fruit of team work. Primrose Bordier no longer exists today, but its team is still there and the Primrose Bordier spirit is still at work
Yves Delorme bed linens:
Yves Delorme floral bed linens, table linens, exceptional bath linens.
Tips before you begin: Home laundering is recommended for all of our linens, except where dry cleaning is indicated (on piqué and matelassé blanket covers, wool and mohair blankets). We strongly recommend that you pre-wash all linens before use, wash linens separately from anything else, particularly items that contain any polyester. Polyester "pills" and will shed its pill on natural fibers, diminishing the smoothness and softness of the fabric. In addition, garments with buttons or zippers can damage more delicate linens in the wash. Select a gentle laundry detergent. Products with bluing agents or whiteners are not recommended on colored linens, as they may progressively fade the colors. Consider the longstanding French tradition to insure the longevity of bedding: rotate your sheets, with a set in the closet, a set on the bed, and a set in the wash. This insures that no one set receives more wear than another.
A Word of Caution: certain skin and hair products that contain oxidizing agents (e.g., lotions used for acne) may cause discoloration of sheets, particularly blue linens. If you use such personal products, cover your pillow with a white pillow case or white towel.
Shrinkage will occur with all linens made of natural fibers, the amount of shrinkage ranging from 4 to 10 percent, depending on the fibers used. The sizing of our products allows for expected shrinkage. Linens washed in hot water or dried at hot temperatures will shrink excessively. Pre-shrunk items, such as Jacquard-woven table linens or honeycomb towels, normally shrink 3 percent or less. Generally, very large pieces of fabric or very high thread count linens are not pre-shrunk.
- Linens should be separated into light or dark colors. Avoid overloading the machine to prevent breaking long fibers like those in Egyptian cotton. Whether cotton, pure linen, or a cotton/linen blend, bedding should be washed in warm water, using a gentle laundering agent, with a final cold rinse. If pre-soaking is necessary, it should be in cold water.
- Allow your washing machine to fill up and begin agitating before you add detergent or bleach. Unless your linens are extremely soiled, use half the commercial detergent recommended; this will reduce damage to fibers and clean your linens just as well.
- Remove washed bedding promptly from the machine; this helps reduce wrinkling. Shaking damp linens out before drying (at low heat) will also reduce wrinkles and quicken the drying time.
Washing bath linens: Terry Towels: Washing terry towels before use begins the "breaking in" process, making them softer and more absorbent. Several washings are required for 100% cotton terry towels to achieve their maximum absorbency, softness and fluff.
Honeycomb Towels: These lightweight, waffle weave towels are loosely woven for absorbency, dry very quickly, and have been pre-shrunk. White honeycomb items with colored borders may be bleached safely to keep their brightness.
Launder towels in warm water and a gentle detergent. It is particularly important with towels that you not use fabric softener, since it decreases the absorbency of the towel.
Washing table linens
Our Jacquard-woven table linens are carefree: they’re pre-shrunk, with an easy-care finish, and can be bleached without affecting the brightness of the color. Dry cleaning is not recommended; laundering "relaxes" the fibers, which actually enhances the intricate, Jacquard-woven patterns.
- Table linens should be washed in warm water and gentle detergent, with a final cold rinse. Bleach may be used, which brightens the linens. Fabric softeners are not recommended, since they decrease absorbency and impart a fragrance that can be disconcerting.
- Remove table linens promptly from the wash, and shake out to help minimize wrinkles before drying.
Please note: Beautiful as they are, tea towels are meant to be used hard—in the kitchen, great for drying dishes and crystal, but also ideal for wiping up spills. Bleach can be used to maintain their elegant appearance.
How to Dry
Line drying linens is ideal, leaving linens nearly wrinkle-free and smelling fresh, but using your dryer with the proper settings will bring about satisfactory results, leaving linens relatively wrinkle-free and soft.
- Do not over-dry your linens by using a dryer setting that’s too hot. Set your dryer on permanent press, which has a cool down cycle at the end that helps reduce wrinkles. Most dryers have an air cycle that simply air-tumbles its contents without any heat. This is also a good method for drying linens.
- Remove your linens promptly to reduce wrinkling. Smooth them out, finger pressing details like flanges on pillow shams, borders on flat sheets, edges of tablecloths or napkins. Then fold carefully.
How to Iron
Washing and drying your linens properly will eliminate many wrinkles. But fine linens made of natural fibers do wrinkle, particularly when new. As they become older and softer, you will find that they wrinkle less.
For both bedding and table linens, using a good steam iron will make ironing easier. Avoid using spray starch, which has a tendency to adhere to the surface of the iron, and may also attract silverfish to the stored linens. If you wish to iron your linens, the following guidelines are recommended.
Iron your bed linens while they are still damp. If the piece is embroidered,ironing on the reverse side will prevent damage to the embroidery. Refer to the sewn-in label with the universal symbols for the appropriate setting for your iron. (The symbol chart is included at the end of this section.
- Table Linens
Table linens should be ironed while damp. Interestingly, ironing Jacquard-woven table linens will enhance the pattern by increasing the three-dimensional appearance inherent in the Jacquard-woven technique.
If you plan on storing your linens, iron them before you store them.
- Store linens flat. If the shelves are wooden, line them with tissue paper. Some woods, such as cedar, contain oils that can damage linens.
- Make certain that linens are not exposed to direct sunlight or moonlight to avoid color fading.
- Do not leave table linens on your table where they may be exposed to direct sunlight over an extended period of time.
Garnier Thiebaut : laminated "coated" tablecloths. Easy care tablecloths are made using the same fabric only with coating to just "wipe clean". Care instructions: For cotton damask: Cold wash before first use (95°F). Machine wash medium (95°F - 140°F). Do not bleach. Machine dry medium. Iron warm. • For coated damask: Wipe the tablecloth with a non abrasive sponge without rubbing neither scratching. In case of strong stains, clean immediately with hot water on the sponge. Do not add any detergent. Okay to use washing-machine (86°F). Do not use softeners. Never use drying-machine (dryer). Iron on the back-side with a cool iron.
Green Sweet Cotton:
- No need to wash before the first use.
- In case of stain, first remove the solid residue, then gently absorb the liquids with damp sponge.
- If necessary machine wash at 105ºF with a color safe detergent.
- Do not use fabric softener.
- Machine dry on medium setting.
No dryer sheets.
- Iron on high setting. (Iron’s heat will reactivate the stain resistant treatment)