Posts Tagged ‘cloth’

Cotton vs Silk – in Velvet?

What advantages and disadvantages – in wear and appearance of men’s jackets – does silk velvet have in comparison to cotton velvet? Is it possible to discuss the characteristics of silk velvet without first identifying any amount of rayon added – I have read that often rayon is added in the production of silk velvet to reduce the price of the finished cloth – presumably rayon is cheaper than silk? By: Peter O’Connor

Monks cloth substitute?

Is there a fabric that is close in texture and weight to monks cloth? Or should I say what is the closest fabric comparable to monks cloth? By: Andy

More News About Natural Fibers

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

Microfiber Has Become The Cloth of The Future?

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

The Evolution Of Quilting: Quilts Then And Now

“There is no antique more expressive of our foremothers than patchwork, which, in the main, took the form of bed-quilts. Pieced or appliquéd, the quilt has been, in America, a wholly feminine creation.” ~ Ruth E. Finley (1929) Old Patchwork Quilts and the Women Who Made Them           Play with variations in color and texture for a visually appealing quilt! Weeds And Tweeds provide a twist on traditional classic fabrics.           The most traditionally feminine art form in American history is the quilt. While historical evidence suggests that quilting existed in ancient cultures such as that of China and Egypt dating back to at least 3500 BC, quilting in America is often thought of being most closely associated with America’s colonial roots.   Early American Quilting   America’s quilting traditions came courtesy of European settlers, who had become familiar with the use of quilting as a means of creating armor for soldiers in battle. At the same time, quilted clothing and quilted bed coverings (known today as “the quilt”) became popular among those who were not on the field of battle. Quilts quickly became a means of displaying handicraft talent and were decorated with a variety of intricate needlework designs. While current designs more often display pieced quilting techniques, earlier quilts were often made in the whole-cloth style, making use of a single piece of cloth, stitched with complex and beautiful designs.   American colonists brought quilting with them, though patchwork quilts most often thought of as historical designs in this country didn’t really become popular until the 18th century. After the Civil War, fabrics became more readily available, and thus patchwork quilting grew in popularity.   The Beginning Of Block Quilting   The 19th century saw the rise of block quilting (repetition of a pattern on many blocks of quilting fabric) in the United States. Block quilting offered the ability to divide the work of a quilt among many quilters who could then carry their work with them and store each block of quilting fabric separately until the squares were ready to be joined to create the fabric quilt top. As a result of the emergence of block quilting, the art of quilting became a much more social endeavor, and the so-called quilting bee arose as a popular form of social gathering for women. Not only was this a wonderful form of creating community for women, but it was also a means of sharing new patterns and designs for creating…
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Fruits of the Loom: Fabrics with Multiple Personalities

Just when you think you have it down pat and can confidently state that this is lawn and this is muslin and this is percale and feel smug about your expertise, along comes a clunker. My first clunker was reading a 1933 Sears catalog which listed cambric in its percale section and which I thought somewhat strange.  The description then went on to say that its finest percales had a cambric finish and collectively called its finest percales cambrics.  That was probably wonderful news for the seamstress of the day, but for untrained collectors like me it proved to be a bit of a snag in putting a tag on my vintage percales.  It’s just once more stress we lay people have to cope with, feeling our smugness evaporate and making us truly sub-lay. My second clunk arrived when reading an excellent reference book Staple Cotton Fabrics by John Hoye, 1942, which describes the converting of cotton into its various weaves and textures. His comments are the basis for this column. His eye-opening statement was that there are more finished cloth names than there are basic fabrics owing to the fact that different finishes are often used on the same gray cloth [unbleached cotton goods as they come from the loom] and that the finished cloth often takes on the name of the finish. Are you with me so far? Just remember the color gray bears no resemblance to what we visualize as unbleached. In staple cloths having a large variety of uses, there is one name for the gray goods and a different name for each finish the cloth is converted into. A standard print cloth can be converted into as many as 30 different finishes, each of these having a different name and a separate use. Many fabrics after finishing bear little resemblance to the original gray cloth. Still with me?     Gray cloth is converted by bleaching, dying, printing and finishing. Most cotton fabrics have to be converted before they can be used and are then known as converted cloths. The coarsest gray cloth is cheesecloth and tobacco cloth. It is the following two gray cloth categories which are of prime interest to collectors: Print cloth — carded cloths made with the same yarns as cheesecloth but more threads per inch.  Just remember that print means carded and not a printed design or pattern. Fine plain cloth — called gray longcloth and is generally combed and has higher thread count than print cloth. To help put this…
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The Elusive Obsoletes – The Dating Game Continues

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…
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