Flannel has Arrived!

Forewarning: You won't want to get out of bed in the morning.

17 Apr 2019
Click here to shop our Flannel Collection of Sheets, Duvet Covers, Sleepwear & Pillowcases. Click here to shop our Flannel Collection of Sheets, Duvet Covers, Sleepwear & Pillowcases.

Winter has slowly begun its descent and alongside the colourful deciduous trees gently discarding their leaves, letting through the last drops of sunlight to warm the earth, we too, are facing the arrival of shorter days and cooler nights.

While the change of season may be embraced as welcome relief from the hot summer nights, we have grown accustomed to, soon we will be looking for alternative warmth and comfort to envelop us as the sun’s warm rays diminish in strength.

Adding layers of brushed cotton flannel to your bed will instantly transform your crisp summer setup into a luxuriously warm and inviting space you will dream of retiring to each night.

Instantly warm and breathable despite the unjustified stigma of it being of lesser quality and only for children, if you desire cosy - this is for you.

Brushed Cotton Flannel is made by passing a thick base fabric over heavy steel cylinders, each with thousands of sharp metal teeth, this is where loose fibres are teased from the weave creating the ‘brushed’ fabric effect.

The hundreds of thousands of short fibres that are pulled from the base fabric form millions of insulating air pockets that trap air and keep in heat, it also develops that super soft pile that makes flannel feel wonderfully warm and cuddly to touch. 

Flannel is described by Weight not Thread Count. Wallace Cotton Flannel is 175gsm meaning that one square meter of the sheet weighs 175grams. This is considered the best weight for Cotton Flannel. Heavier is not always better – too much weight is a warning sign of lesser quality. As a point of reference, Wallace Cotton Linen generally weighs around 150gsm. 

During packaging and transportation from the mill these delicate cotton fibres will be considerably compressed. The first few washes will disconnect the excess surface fibres and bring the fabric back to its original fluffiness.

Yes, brushed cotton will shed much more lint than regular cotton sheets - this is because during the brushing process, as mentioned above, excess tiny cotton fibres are pulled away from the base fabric and remain detached upon the surface of the sheet. Most of this shedding will usually happen during the first wash. After the first few washes flannel will develop a warmer and softer disposition. All flannel sheets will shed and pill, but if you look after them, they can last for years.

However, as they are made from fine cotton, older flannel sheets will still feel lovely and soft but they will no longer have the insulating air pockets that make them instantaneously warm. If you have been using the same flannel for years, update your collection as you don’t know what you are missing until you try a new flannel sheet.

Look forward to jumping into bed each night for a long and restful sleep in flannel.

View our Flannel Sleepwear collection, including our Galaxy range pictured. View our Flannel Sleepwear collection, including our Galaxy range pictured.

Extra Care Tips:

  • Wash in cold water on medium spin
  • Do not over-dry your flannel sheets. (This is important - During machine drying, the fabric rubs against itself. The resulting abrasion can cause piling. If you dry your flannel sheets too much, there is not enough water to cushion the abrasion. This will cause your flannel sheets to pill.)
  • Do not mix your cotton flannel sheets in the dryer with any other clothes. If you mix cotton flannel in the dryer with other fabrics, the flannel’s sensitive fibres will get roughened up. While potentially damaging your new sheets, your clothes will also be covered in the discarded fluff.
  • Do not use fabric softeners, if you don’t want your sheets to feel like plastics. Both of these will make your sheets feel waxy, and ruin their breath-ability. This is true for all materials, not just for flannel sheets.
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A little bit of history.

The origin of the word ‘Flannel’ is uncertain, but a Welsh

origin has been suggested as fabric similar to flannel can be

traced back to Wales, where it was well used as early as the

16th century. The French term ‘flanelle’ was used in the late

17th century, and the German ‘Flanell’ was used in the early

18th century. This sturdy and warm fabric grew in popularity

in subsequent centuries and with the advent of the Industrial

Revolution, it really took off, a bit like denim. Originally it

was made of fine, short staple wool, but by the 20th century

mixtures of silk and cotton had become common. It was at this

time that flannel trousers became popular in sports, especially

cricket, in which it was used extensively until the late 1970s.

author:

Wallace Cotton

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