There are a number of different ways in which fabrics can shrink, and each has its own causes. Common types of fabric shrinking are felting shrinkage, relaxation shrinkage and consolidation shrinkage. These shrinkages ar... More »

Cerebral atrophy, or brain shrinkage, can result from traumatic brain injuries, strokes, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy or Alzheimerメs disease, explains the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Th... More » Health Conditions & Diseases

Causes of testicular atrophy include the thickening and stiffening of blood vessels known as atherosclerosis; undescended testicles, or cryptorchidism; and hypopituitarism, a disorder that causes the pituitary gland to a... More » Health Pain & Symptoms

To make a clutch purse, cut four rectangular pattern pieces, reinforce the exterior fabric with iron-on fusible fabrics, sew the lining to the exterior fabric and then sew the clutch together. This process can take two h... More » Beauty & Fashion Clothing

Washing a cashmere sweater in warm to hot water, or washing and rinsing a garment in different temperatures, can lead to shrinkage. Applying heat, for example, by putting it in the dryer or in direct sunlight, also will ... More »

Wool fibers have microscopic scales that when agitated and then exposed to water and heat tend to stick together causing the shrinkage. The edges of the scales in wool fiber interlock during the washing process, which pr... More »

Using hot water to wash clothing can cause shrinkage, depending on the type of fiber the fabric is made from. Fibers that are more likely to shrink when washed in hot water include cotton, wool and linen. More-stable fib... More »