Christmas Display Fabric Competition!

Show Off Your Displays

Christmas competition time! And we want to see your Christmas Displays! Whether its in your front room, down the pub, an independent shop, your school, a garden centre, village hall, Santa’s Grotto, your local church or department store. If you took part in creating the magic, send us your proudest pictures and you could win 20% off your next fabric order!

a church display
Harvey Nichols 2019 christmas windows
Harvey Nichols 2018 window

Ten Winners!

We will be choosing ten winners, YES 10! who will ALL receive 20% off their next fabric order with us. All you have to do is send us photos of your creative Christmas concepts. Send your pics by email kat@fabricuk.com or on our Facebook messenger. Read on for more info…

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The Christmas Sparkle Fabric Guide!

Know Your Sparkles

As connoisseurs of all things shiny know, there is a big difference between something that shines and something that sparkles. If you are choosing Christmas sparkle fabric for your visual merchandising, displays or fashion design you have to ensure the vision is understood by everyone you are working with from the people sourcing the fabric to the people selling the fabric themselves! If you have aver been ever so slightly annoyed if someone says” oh I love your sparkly top” when you know full well its a more of a liquid flat shine then you may well appreciate this blog. Send it to anyone who needs to learn their twinkle from their shine.

samples of coloured glitter fabric

OK, that may have sounded a bit pedantic but knowing the difference is important when describing a fabric to someone and when ordering online. Visual merchandisers, interior designers, set designers, artists and clothing designers should all know the differences, however subtle. When creating anything from scene or a garment you often need to describe your design to someone who wont quite see the difference in their mind, until they see the real thing. Maybe this blog will help.

samples of various holographic lycra fabric
purple glitter gloss leatherette fabric

Terms like sparkle or twinkle refer to materials that catch the light in a multitude of places. The size of the pieces and the direction they face determines the way light reacts with them. The smaller the pieces, the finer the sparkle, so it becomes more of a twinkle. When thousands of tiny facets that all face the same direction, they work together so the fabric can become more of a fluid shine. Whereas when light hits Glitter fabric the multitude of facets face different random directions, creating more of a sparkle to the fabric rather than a pure shine.

Keeping Score

Instead of my in depth descriptions that wander on for miles, I have devised a bullet point guide and a points out of 10 guide to help out anyone choosing their sparkle fabric! This is applied to fabric we sell, but will also help with any shiny fabric you come across in life!

fine silver mesh netting fabric display and Christmas sparkle
pale gold metallic fabric for Christmas displays fashion and merchandising

I have used terms such as ;

  • Metallic
  • Shimmer
  • Sparkle
  • Shine
  • Wow Factor

….to help with understanding the fabric. For a good example I would say Large Display Glitter Fabric has a 10/10 sparkle and the Fine Display Glitter has a 10/10 twinkle. So scroll scroll through and like a top trumps for fabric, compare the scores….

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Create a Scene With Green Screen Fabric

What is Chroma Key Fabric?

Its a term most are familiar with, and chances are most of your Film and TV intake is full of it! When you see a wild animal or monster, we know its done with green screen. Green Screen is essential if you want to create something out of the ordinary. And it’s not just for scary monsters and fantastic landscapes, even the very basic backbone of TV such as news and weather reports rely on green screen fabric to create the scene.

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Famous Witches For Easy Cosplay Costume Fun

Famous Witches

TV shows, stage, films, books, graphic novels and comics. If you want to follow in the footsteps of a famous witch (follow her look that is) then there is plenty of choice out there. Some looks are easier to achieve than others. Here are some of my favorite witches and their looks that can easily be replicated and easily recognised…..

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Tu Tu Tutorials For Pretty Witches Costume

Whilst looking for no sew tu tu skirts I discovered a huge array of wonderful witches outfits all bespoke and easy to make on your own. This style of witches outfit is a magical mix up of Gothic Halloween witch meets fairy tale princess. Full skirts are created by multi layers of sheer fabric like organza, cotton rubia and tulle in classic colours used in modern day Halloween ; green, orange, purple or red. There are so many You Tube videos online to help you, I picked three to guide you , click on to see more…

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Bargain Upholstery Fabric!

New Upholstery Fabric Stock!

Fabric UK we have just received a massive delivery of top quality fire retardant upholstery fabric in loads of different styles at £9.99 PER METRE or less.

Most of these rolls would have originally been priced between £20 to £40 per metre but they all HAVE to go so we are pricing the fabric at £9.99 PER METRE! or less. If you have an upholstery or interior design business this is a great opportunity to pick up excellent quality upholstery fabric for curtains, cushions, sofas and armchairs. There are so many styles to see, you should come to our Birmingham warehouse and check it out for yourself!

Jacquard, chenille, velour, tapestry style, Aztec, look, traditional, plain and patterned, there are loads of styles to choose from.

Have a scroll down at some of the fabric ready and waiting in the warehouse.

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Glitter Display Fabric – The Large Glitter Collection

If your into glitter in a big way, you probably know about glitter fabric already. If you haven’t, then here’s what it’s all about. Imagine the glitter you get in pots in a fabric form, now imagine that high sparkle glitter as a thick sheet of fabric you can create with. Amazing right? Solid yet flexible sheets of glitter you can use on all sorts of projects. Read on and be dazzled….

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Canvas : 12 oz Waterproof Collection

Champion of Canvas

12 oz waterproof canvas is a brilliant all rounder with uses from crafts to industrial building.

Take a step up from that to make canvas waterproof, and there you have a champion of fabrics. Read on to find out why traditional canvas is so trusted…

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Torino Cordura 1000 Denier : Waterproof Fabric For Tough Jobs

Tough Love

If you’re thinking your basic 4oz waterproof fabric may not handle the job, or outdoor waterproof bean bag fabric might not be strong enough, its time to step up to a tougher waterproof solution. Torino Cordura 1000 Denier.

Check out the colour collection here……

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Beanbag Outdoor Fabric ; Waterproof and Fire Retardant

All Weather Garden Fabric

Brilliant for the garden, beanbag fabric is fully waterproof so you can feel free to get it messy! Easy to wipe clean, it will handle whatever gets thrown at it. So if your using it for a kids play area, that means mud, food, drinks and goodness knows what else!

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