There is a lot of talk these days about thread
count, and there is also a lot of misconception as to the relevance of
high thread count to the quality of the cloth. Thread count is only one
measure of the quality of cloth, there are other factors which affect
the quality and feel of sheets but don’t get as much attention.
Many countries in the world grow cotton, however not
all cotton is created equal. Fine linen begins with fine cotton, and
the finest cotton is known as long staple cotton (the staple length is a
measure of the length of the individual cotton fibres). The most common
examples of long staple cotton are Egyptian Cotton and Pima Cotton.
Longer cotton fibres enable the cotton to be spun into finer yarns with
higher tensile strength, which can then be woven into a softer, more
luxurious fabric which will last a long time.
A Good Yarn:
After the raw cotton has been blended and cleaned (a
process known as ‘Ginning’), it is carded to remove the shorter, weaker
fibres. Higher quality cotton is then produced by ‘combing’ the cotton,
which removes more of the short fibres and leaves only the more
refined, stronger fibres which can then be spun into a fine yarn. All
Wallace Cotton sheets are produced from high quality combed cotton.
Defines the number of warp and weft yarns per 10
square centimetres of cloth. In Europe and America most retailers refer
to thread count per square inch, but in New Zealand and Australia it is
more common to refer to threads per 10 square centimetres. The finer the
yarns used, the more threads that can be woven into 10 sq cm of cloth.
Basically the higher the thread count the softer the feel and the better
Thread count for sheeting can range from 140 to 1000 per 10 sq cm,
however most cloth with thread count above 500 utilises what is termed
as a 2 ply weave, where 2 yarns are twisted together before weaving.
This increases the density of the cloth but not the fineness.
Good quality cotton sheets usually have a thread count of 200 plus. Our
range of sheeting starts at a thread count of 250 per 10 square
Sateen or Square Weave:
The type of weave also has an affect on the quality
and feel of the cloth. A Sateen weave has more warp threads on the
surface of the cloth, producing a softer, silkier feel. Sateen weaves
with a thread count of less than 250 often have a tendency to ‘pill’. A
square weave is woven in a more common one over, one under style and
usually results in a crisper feel which has a high resistance to
pilling. The choice between Sateen weave and plain weave is usually a
case of personal preference between the softness of Sateen versus the
crispness of plain weave.
Our Heritage Sheets
are all made from the highest quality 300 count
cotton, square weave. Our Imperial Sheets
are the five star option in our
sheeting range and are made from beautifully soft 1000 count cotton