Image via Flickr Kudos to Cotton, Inc. for building a web site that is entertaining, interactive and educational! Be sure and look at their Mystery Fabric portion of the site. Cotton Style Files | Be a Part of Our Newest The Fabric of Our Lives … http://cottonstylefiles.thefabricofourlives.comMon, 08 Apr 2013 07:00:00 GMT We’re so excited about the new face of The Fabric of Our Lives® campaign and we can’t wait to reveal her! Stay tuned next week for the […] More Kudos to ecobabysteps and their web site that has the best definition and comparison of hemp and bamboo that I have seen so far! Very well done! Hemp vs Bamboo Rayon for Cloth Diapers | ecobabysteps http://www.ecobabysteps.comTue, 30 Apr 2013 15:00:42 GMT Our customers ask about bamboo vs. hemp for cloth diapers. Short answer: choose hemp for environment or absorbency, and choose bamboo rayon for softness. Image via Flickr Hemp is one of my favorite fibers! When woven or knitted and made into garments it just gets softer as it is washed and dried. Now hemp is available in yarns for knitting and crocheting: Green Knitting and Crocheting – G Living – Dark Twisted Space Monkies Go Green http://gliving.com/May 1 For all of you hemp fans, Paivata has you covered with natural and dyed hemp yarns, along with a grouping of organic wool and cotton yarns. Enjoy! Judith Judith@fabrics.net
I am a little chagrined to admit that I cannot decide which is the right side of my woven cotton pique. One side has higher ridges and deep cups, the other is is flatter. And, does it matter which side I decide to use? Will my choice, if wrong, scream “home made?” By: Petrea
Yet another nother microfiber cleaning tool, the MOCORO, a fluffy microfiber mop ball. CCP – MOCORO – Microfiber robotic mop ball – When we clean … en.akihabaranews.com3/7/13 Here is a simple and fun way to clean up the dust around the house. MOCORO – CZ-560 – is a fluffy microfiber mop ball that rolls around by itself on the floor, picking up dust along the way. Push the button and let the … A single microfiber is smaller than the human hair, about 1 denier which means it is also smaller than a silk fiber. Many microfibers are twisted together to make a yarn and many yarns are woven together to make a microfiber cloth. The fiber is very small so the actual woven fabric does not allow wind or water to penetrate yet moisture vapor to be released. Think of a microfiber rain coat which is waterproof but not hot to wear, all this without requiring a waterproof coating. Image via Flickr Cleaning microfiber furniture from Making The World Cuter: Clean Microfiber the Easy Way – Making the World Cuter makingtheworldcuter.com3/6/13 This is the easiest way I have found to clean microfiber. Just a bottle of Windex and a scrub brush and these chairs come back to good as new! Clean Mama has an extensive review and overview of Microfiber cleaning cloth: How to Use Microfiber www.cleanmama.net7/11/12 I use microfiber cleaning cloths for cleaning just about everything and every surface, so I thought I would show you the winners in my book. I have purchased different brands and types of cleaning cloths with my own money so what … I am sure there are many more uses for microfiber so feel free to add your favorite microfiber and microfiber cleaning hints. Enjoy! Judith Judith@fabrics.net
In the British world of antiques, a divy is a diviner, one who can tell it’s the genuine article upon sight. Perhaps you’ve experienced a shiver down your spine when you find a vintage fabric; you just know it’s old and the real thing at first glance. So, your divy instincts having performed admirably, you know you have something old, but exactly how old and and exactly what is it? Fabric identification without the aid of selvage markings, provenance or an expert can be tricky. Most of the time there is no positive answer. But there are clues to put you somewhere in the ballpark. Often width, color, design, weave and appearance can be good indicators. Widths, while iffy and weak signals, nevertheless can generate a time frame. Generally, by the early 1930s narrow widths were replaced by 36″ to 39″ for most all American dressmaking cottons and by the early 60s the standard was 42″ to 44″ though some 36″ widths cottons lingered on for another decade. One notable holdout is Liberty of London lawn still being manufactured in 36″. This can be a deterrent in pinpointing fine old lawn, particularly with retro designs now in vogue. Regardless, finding natural and early synthetic fabrics in 36″ to 39″ or narrower widths should trigger your inner alarm system into action. Color, designs, patina and fancy weaves are stronger giveaways. Old catalogs, ads, pattern and fashion magazines like the Delineator, reference books such as Dating Fabrics by Eileen Trestain, 1998, plus your personal knowledge are useful tools for a decade-by-decade comparison of fabrics. Unwashed old cottons seem to impart a certain glow or patina, mostly due to mellowing and special finishes now outdated. Novelty and variations on basic weaves can help define fashion trends of the day. For instance, iridescent chambray and basket-weave cottons were the absolute rage in the late 1940s-early 50s; finding those fabrics in 36″ is a good clue to their age. Fabric typing can be downright frustrating. Some plain-weave cottons such as batiste, lawn and nainsnook are still with us but whether old or vintage, their similarities after washing make them virtually indistinguishable from each other. Two other long-gone family members, mull and longcloth, are nearly indistinguishable from nainsnook and lawn whether new or washed. Voile with its raspy-tongue feel and frosty soap scum appearance is easily identifiable; however it is still being manufactured. Old voile had wide satiny selvages; most today are narrow. The separating line for muslin and percale is when thread count…
Definition of Silk Velvet Fabric Velvet is a type of woven tufted fabric in which the cut threads are evenly distributed, with a short dense pile, giving it a distinctive feel. The word ‘velvety’ is used as an adjective to mean “smooth like velvet”. Velvet can be either synthetic or natural. 100% Silk Velvet is very expensive and can cost several hundred dollars. This is why most velvet fabric have blends and one of them can be rayon. Silk Velvet- Rayon Blend Rayon silk velvet fabric is a plush, supple and invitingly luxurious blended fabric with an excellent drape. Lighter in weight than many other velvets, rayon silk velvet fabric has a loose and full-flowing style that is sensual and inherently well-suited for formal wear, dresses, capes and wraps. Rayon silk velvet can be hand washed in cold water, but dry cleaning is recommended.
Image via Flickr Does wool feel scratchy on your skin? This may not be a true wool allergy but what is termed the Prickle effect. A prickle is a mechanical effect that has a stinging sensation caused by coarse hairs in the wool fabric. In fact hair with a diameter larger than 30 microns is the usual culprit and these hairs are also so known as guard hairs on animals. This hair is also stiffer so when spun into yarn, may stick out of the yarn especially when woven and bent into a fabric. The prickle effect will disappear when the wool fabric is removed. One story I found when I was researching wool allergies is that several states in the US have tried to raise Cashmere (Kashmir) goats but were unsuccessful. In the regions of China, Mongolia and Tibet the goats graze but in the US the goats were fed too well and developed coarser hair. However, since the cashmere fabric comes from the undercoat of the cashmere goat, this story doesn’t ring true although it is entertaining. Cashmere Goat Farm Inner Mongolia A small family cashmere goat farm. These goats only thrive in Inner Mongolia which is what makes it so rare and expensive. If wearing wool gives you a rash, check with the Mayo Clinic’s gallery of rash photos at http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/skin-rash/SN00016 to identify the rash and seek further help. Allergists can test for wool allergies by using protein extracted from wool fibers. A true wool allergy is very rare. Some people say that they are allergic to the lanolin in the wool but wool producers remove lanolin before the wool is spun into yarn and woven or knit into garments. A person with a true allergy to lanolin have to be very careful about the lotions, deodorants, sunscreen, dog shampoo, hair spray, shoe polish, leather that they purchase. Respiratory allergies from wool are not caused by the wool but from allergens on or in the wool. When dry cleaning wool items it is important to remove the plastic covering used by dry cleaners. Airing the garments for 24 hours is recommended to allow the dry cleaning solution odors to dissipate.