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Thread: Glazed Dutch Chintz

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    Glazed Dutch Chintz

    Couple of years ago I purchased some glazed dutch chintz in Amsterdam.

    Before I jump ahead and do something stupid - any advice on what marker/pen/pencils to use for marking out the quilting motifs because I know that washing is going to damage the glaze.

    I have tried contacting the shop where I bought it. They have acknowledged receipt of my email but still haven't come back.

    And it is going to be a pig to handquilt but my machine quilting skills are pretty poor and it would be a shame to ruin such beautiful fabric.

    Many thanks

    HettyB

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    Not a whole lot of help, but I believe that in the states we call this fabric polished cotton. It has a glazed sheen that is part of the finishing process. Now it's used mostly in home dec, but my mom used it for dresses for us when I was a girl. It actually washes and wears well, but as you mentioned the glossy finish does soften.
    I did a google search, but couldn't find anything about special treatment, or techniques.
    As far as marking tools, I would cut a small piece of fabric & test every marking tool you have, trying for something that erases with heat. Not sure what is available in the UK.
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    Yes, you can't wash this quilt if you want the glaze to continue to be on the quilt. I worked in Home Dec dept at the House of Fabric (large chain store that was bought by a big chain fabric store) and that is what I was taught to tell the shoppers. I have always loved the look of cross hatching. It takes time but you can use painter's tape to mark your diagonal sewing lines. It is blue tape here in the states which is not as sticky as masking tape.
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    PaperPrincess... I've always lived in the US and have always called it chintz. But I agree that testing is the way to go. I like the frixion pens.
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    Hetty: Was that den Haan en Wagenmakers in Amsterdam? corner shop with lots of glass, 3 floors? I bought some glazed cotton and haven't used it (I wanted to combine it with quilting fabric from France, but in Paris the shops said it all came from the US...). Anyhow--I remember reading in H & W that the glaze meant the fabric didn't need pre-shrinking; I interpreted as 'fabric is washable'. I would use cold, hand-wash cycle, however. - nanibi

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    PaperPrincess... I've always lived in the US and have always called it chintz. But I agree that testing is the way to go. I like the frixion pens.
    Interesting. I always thought of Chintz as a floral patterned cotton, but when I looked it up, it definitely said glazed cotton. I did find this previous post

    Who can tell me about "polished cotton"?
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    You could always trace your quilting pattern on paper like Golden Threads paper and stitch through the paper, then tear it away. I have had good results with that technique and no marking on the fabric!
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    PaperPrincess... I've always lived in the US and have always called it chintz. But I agree that testing is the way to go. I like the frixion pens.
    The frixion pens are wonderful. When you get done with whatever you want to do, you just press the lines with a dry iron and the marks disappear. Unless you plan to keep your project in your freezer, you are not likely to ever see them again. froggyintexas

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    Is the fabric a floral or a solid? If it's a solid, it can be needle marked.

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    Nanibi: Yes it was den Haan (I could have spent a fortune there). The woman there told me that if I wash it the glaze will become dull and eventually disappear. Also, if I hand quilt not to use a glazed cotton for the backing as it will be too hard on the fingers. Betina still make it but it seems that they may have had a falling out with den Haan as they no longer carry the range.. http://www.dutchfabric.nl/news/

    I think perhaps I need to drop them an email.

    To OCquilter: It is a floral ecru and madder red - called Wilhelmina.

    To ManicQuilter2: I like the idea of tape. Maybe freezer paper for rounded shapes?

    Many thanks to everyone for their suggestions. - HettyB

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