Transparent Translucent Opaque Examples

See Through or Not See Through!

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The Difference between Transparent, Translucent and Opaque Fabric may seem fairly straightforward to a lot of people working with textiles. But as with many things, some fabric does not fall easily into specified categories.  In normal day to day situations transparent means completely see through. Just a few materials fall into that group, plastic, glass and very clear PVC natural crystal can all be seen through with no haze or texture. With fabric though, the physical state of the group is slightly different.

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Fabric Weights

Finding out the exact weight of a fabric can be a little tricky at times and it doesn’t help matters when one company may use a slightly different method than another. We need to know the weight of the fabric before working with it, this is even more important when buying fabric online when you can physically feel the fabric.

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Translucent Opaque Transparent Fabric

Translucent fabrics

In Simple Terms; See only shadows visible behind the fabrics

Light weight fabrics soft feeling and having a lot of drape, majority of translucent fabrics are made of polyester mix, but can also come in 100% cotton mull and cotton lawn cloth or swiss cotton.

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Laminated Hessian Fabric

Classic rough weave hessian fabric with the extra element of a very useful laminated surface applied to the back of the fabric. The traditional rough jute fibres are loosely woven into a simple mesh weave which would normally let water through, but with the clever addition of the laminate backing you can use this fabric for arts and crafts as well as heavy practical use.

View the Hessian colours available on our website at fabricuk.com – we can offer free fabric samples

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Self Adhesive Fire Retardant Hessian

This hessian or burlap fabric holds all the classic qualities of jute hessian, but also boasts a handy self adhesive backing along with a fire retardant coating.

The backing is protected with waxed paper which you can simply peel off to reveal a sticky coating covering the back of the hessian so its ready to use for large or small scale projects.

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Self adhesive hessian fabric, easy to peel of backing paper

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Sound Proofing And Enhancing With Acoustic Foam

Two clear reasons for the application of sound regulation foam are to either reduce the sound waves or to enhance them.

We shall be looking into these two reasons along with just a little bit of the science behind why the foam works so effectively.

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3 Mtr Wide Width Fire Retardant Calico

Most public events like food and drink fairs or music and arts events usually need to be checked by health and safety officials, so using fire retardant fabric is often expected in these situations. The larger three metre width, strength and durability of our fire retardant the fabric makes it perfect for use with event designs, you can drape the fabric or cover a large space without having to see seams and joins in the fabric. Theatre props could also benefit from extra wide calico for as the fabric can be painted on easily to create backdrop scenery that will still adhere to health and safety regulations.

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Canvas Hopsack Fabric

An extremely tough and hard wearing medium to heavyweight type of canvas made from 100% cotton and constructed using a hopsack weave. The thicker weft and weave creates a very firm and taut structure weighing around 10oz per square meter.

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Drill Calico Fabric

Drill calico is a more heavyweight fabric than the regular option, this particular calico has a weight of 240gm per square metre. It’s a 3 by 1 weave, the technical term for this is 3110 calico. Our drill calico has a very taut structure and a close weave, showing the classic fine diagonal ridges of a drill fabric.  The finish is only slightly rougher than our classic calico, with the typical speckling of the un-separated husk fibres woven into the fabric.

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Calico Fabric

100% Cotton Calico Fabric

This light to medium weight natural calico fabric is perfect for a variety of projects. This calico comes to you in a loom state; this means this 100% cotton woven fabric is un-bleached, un-dyed and not pre-shrunk, so allow for a small amount of shrinkage. The weave gives the fabric a weight of 115gm per square metre and has an equal construction of 60x60x20; the technical term for this is 6020. Continue reading “Calico Fabric”

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