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Wet-finishing is the process that turns weaving into cloth. Handwoven threads need water and motion to open them up, flatten them out, move them into place, or shrink them into the fabric that you intend them to be.


In this video, professional weaver and teacher Laura Fry shows you how to wet-finish different kinds of fibers and cloth, from the magic that happens in the water through to proper pressing and drying techniques.


You’ll learn:

  • The fulling processes for woolen and worsted cloth
  • How to wet-finish cottons, silks, and rayons
  • Compression techniques to create the smooth, crisp hand of linens
  • How proper pressing brings out the shine of silk
  • Wet-finishing techniques for differential shrinkage and textured fabrics
  • Tips and tricks for fringe and other finishing steps

Through demonstration and myriad samples, Laura shares expertise derived from years of research and experimentation, so you, too, can produce professional-quality finished cloth.


By seeing her fabrics before and after wet finishing, you’ll understand why Laura says, "It isn’t finished until it’s wet-finished."


What I Thought Was a Humble Topic Was Really Useful!

“Thank you, Laura, for the instruction on fulling so many kinds of fabrics and discussing not just the How's, but also the Why's and Wherefores. This is really a useful video and I know my woven works will be much better going forward.” - Nancy Coleman

My weaving looks so much better, now.

“There were so many helpful hints and techniques in this video. For example, I was using way too much water and too much detergent. And that is just the tip of the iceberg. I really loved the part about compression where the woven item is flattened. I love that.” - GARY CHIDESTER

An essential course with a very good instructor.

“Clear instructions and information about wet finishing woven textiles, showing different woven fabrics and textures before and after, closely demonstrating the process thanks to the way it was filmed. A very important stage in the weaving process in that you add lustre and finesse to which took you hours to make. ” - Dominique Robertson