Hello, I’m looking for fabric which is organic dyed or block or screen printed. I want to research upon that and come up with something new in today’s date for my college dissertation project. Please guide me through with this by sharing your experience and knowledge. By: Madhuri Yadav
Hi!, I am doing research to find a fabric that I can use for hunting clothes that will work well in Temperature that ranges from 38-75 Degrees.this material needs to be light weight, durable standing up to the environment like brush, thickets, rock abrasions. It needs to be quite so when it hits brush or twigs it does not rustle or make noise.It may need to be capable of becoming scent proof and printed with a camo pattern. I have looked at light weight wool and so far tests show it does not hold up to the wear and tear. Can you help? By: John Scerbo
Image via Flickr Since the late ’90’s when we started Fabrics.net people have asked where they could go to have their design printed on fabric. Well, as I was out strolling around the internet last week I found Spoonflower Custom Printed Fabrics. www.spoonflower.com The creators offer no minimum yardage requirement to print your fabric on several types of fabric that you choose from cottons to silk. http://www.spoonflower.com/spoonflower_fabrics Their weekly design contests are fun to peruse and if you don’t have a design to print right now they have original designs from their members already printed and for sale. While you are visiting Spoonflower, don’t forget to vote on this week’s design contest. In fact their whole web site is inviting! Be sure and visit their instructional videos on You Tube just go to www.spoonflower.com/connect for a listing of the videos.
Hi Can you please advice me on which is the best fabric type to use for a blanket with wadding inside. I want it to look really luxurious. The fabric will be digitally printed on. Ideally the fabric will be dry cleaned or machine washable. Please can you help me Thanks, Allyara By: Allyara
Hi-In a box of old quilt patterns and quilting templates, I found an envelope stamped with “Samples Enclosed” on the outside. Inside I found six smaller envelopes with fabric samples inside. The samples include: Cotton Broadcloth Catalog No. 36 D 5110 Serviceable Quality Width, 35 inches, Thirty choice for shirts, shorts, smocks, childrens clothes. Fifi Plain Colors Catalog No. 36 K 5122 Washfast, Boilfast Width 36 inches Fine 68 by 72 thread count cotton Soft Finish Loverly Color Galore Value Leader Percale Catalog No 36 D 5130 Washfast, Boilfast, 36 inches wide — Serviceable Quality Smart Style Percale Catalog No. 36 K 5140 Washfast Width 36 inches Standard 64 by 60 thread count cotton For Trimmings, Dresses, Curtains, Aprons Plain Color Paradise Catalog No. 36 K 5155 Washfast, Boilfast Width 36 inches Extra Fine Cotton 80 by 80 thread count Famous for Wear Rich in Color Sophomore Broadcloth Catalog No. 36 K 5180 Washfast, Boilfast Width, 36 inches Soft Lustered, Strong Serviceable Texture 100 by 60 cotton threads to square inch All envelopes have SEARS, ROEBUCK AND CO. printed at the bottom along with F-6006. Included in the larger envelope is a letter from the Personal Service Dept. at SEARS, ROEBUCK AND CO. There is no date. Is there a way to date these samples? Do the catalog numbers provide any information?Thanks for any help you can provide- Karen By: Karen Powers
I frequently see “maxi” dresses that have a lovely floral print design at the bottom of the dress… along the hem and reaching upwards. Such as a spray of flowers that looks like its growing right up from the hem. Where the tops of the flowers head end, so does the print… as if the flowers were reaching up to the sky. The type of fabric where, if I had 3 yards rolled out, the design would just be along one edge of the fabric. I have attached 3 photos to show examples of what I’m talking about I have tried and tried to find this type of fabric…. would like to find 45-48″ wide so I could make length of dress up to high waist. Is this specialty print fabric made only for manufacturers, or is there somewhere a “civilian” like me can buy these types of printed fabrics? Is there a special name for fabric that is printed along only one edge? ~ kind regards ~ kimmy By: Kim
Both wide bias and circular skirt facings seem to have made the earliest appearance in the early 1880s when there was a competitive market for skirt facings which were an essential protection in an era when skirts were floor length and most streets were not paved. Warren Featherbone Co. of Three Oaks, Michigan began operations in 1883 producing featherboning made from turkey quills and whips. It entered the notions market in the early 1920s and in 1925 expanded its fine line of bias tapes. SH&M, velveteen bias bindings appeared in the Ladies Home Journal and other magazine ads in the early 1890s and by 1898 was offering Duxbac waterproof tape. These tapes were 1-7/8″ wide and available in 124 dress shades! Castle Novelties, NVB [New Velvet Binding] and OMO were other advertisers in 1894 or earlier. Collector Shirley McElderry notes OMO was still advertising in 1918. OMO of Middlefield CN was still advertising as late as 1926. When you see a turkey think of Warren’s Featherbone….early 1900s promotional card. William Wright first peddled his bias tape from a wagon, then opened a store in 1897 in New York City after conceiving and making a practical method of card winding unit packaging of bias tape for retail sales, according to company records. Another early company was Barton’s established in 1900, a maker of fancy bias tapes which equipped its sales force with appealing sampler folders to hand out to prospective retailers and customers as shown in photo gallery. Regardless who was first, a universal description of bias tape was proclaimed in the Ladies Home Journal, April 1898 issue in its Home Dressmaker column in answer to a query: “Cloth trimming consists principally of bias bands stitched on or near the turned edge of vests, yokes, belts, sleeves, pocket fronts, etc., using it as you would any band trimming and contrasting material as well.” However, these dates by no means preclude earlier availability of bias tape. Because of lack of dating information, I have not been able to determine yet the first manufacturer, American or foreign; sometimes we forget that Americans are not always the first to invent. In 1917 Wm. E. Wright & Sons advertised in magazines that bias tape was “great for children’s dresses, summer dresses, aprons, negligees and finishing lingerie.” Probably there wasn’t and isn’t a sewer who wouldn’t agree to that claim. Apparently consumer acceptance of its prepackaged tape was so good that in 1922, because of a need for expanded production facilities, the company moved…