History Of Fabric

Ever since Adam & Eve were discharged from the heavens, the shame and effects of the elements have needed man to cover himself in a fabric dress. Early inventions of primitive garment materials were naturally born into the early human instincts as far back as 30,000 BC, with the use of flax as a fine linen mainly used by early Egyptians.

Flax was knotted together, plated, and woven, to create a fabric. As humans developed, so did their requirements for garments. The natural abundant supplies of cotton from plants, wool from animals, jute from trees and silk from insects dictated the fabrics available. Local resources created fabric specialities for each country, dependant on the natural supply.

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History Of Baize Fabric

Because Baize is a fabric in the wool family, it is quite heavy and durable. Although it is commonly compared with felt, baize is actually a different type of woven wool that is “napped to resemble felt.”

Origins

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the term baize is of French origin. However, it is actually an English fabric. According to the same source, the first known use of baize was in 1578.

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Offering Diamond Quilted Waterproof Fabric

Here at Fabric UK we’ve recently launched a very successful fabric, Quilted Waterproof Fabric. Because of the wide success of this fabric, we have launched a new type. This new type of fabric is the diamond design, it’s just like the previous quilted waterproof fabric, but features diamond stitching instead of squares. If you’d like a sample of this new fabric, please let us know.

Diamond Design Quilted Waterproof Fabric
Diamond Design Quilted Waterproof Fabric

Get Your Product Featured

All of our customers are welcome to contact us to have their products featured on our blog, provided they used our products to do it. We’re interested in what products people are making and we’re sure our readers would enjoy seeing them as well.

Just to encourage customers to participate, we’ll give you an exclusive discount of 6% off your next order.

Showing Classics And Fabric UK

Today we’re going to be promoting the work of one of our clients. The client we’re featuring today is Sharon Parr of Showing Classics, a business specialised in show riding wear and accessories.

The Item

Sharon used our quilted waterproof fabric and our tartan fabric to make a body warmer. This body warmer is lined with tartan, featuring a collar, two pockets and a bow on the back. Continue reading “Showing Classics And Fabric UK”

Fabric Importing

Here at Fabric UK we import and distribute fabrics to all areas of the UK, working directly with fabric warehouses, fabric manufactures and fabric exporters around the world. This gives us an edge to stay ahead of the game.

Overseas liaison offices and partners help to keep an eye on fabric qualities to ensure delivery deadlines are met. Continue reading “Fabric Importing”

Fabric Dyeing

Fabric dyeing dates back to primitive man, when ancient people would use various materials to stain everything from animal hides to cave walls.

History

Although it is unclear when fabric dyeing first began, the earliest evidence of fabric dyeing seems to date back to 1 CE, and Merriam-Webster lists before the 12th century as a benchmark. Fabric dyeing occurred around the world; from ancient China to archaeological findings showing it took place in Europe as well.
According to Merriam-Webster, dyeing is “to impart a new and often permanent color to, especially by impregnating with a dye.” The word “dye” is from Middle English dehe, from Old English deah, deag. Continue reading “Fabric Dyeing”

Discharge Printing Fabrics

Popular in the 19th century, discharge printing fabrics involves removing dye from fabric to create a print.

Overview

Discharge printing is related to dyeing, but it is a slightly different process. It refers to a technique of creating prints on fabrics where a bleaching agent is applied, which removes some or all of the dye. Continue reading “Discharge Printing Fabrics”

Direct Dyeing of Fabrics

Fabric direct dyeing refers to dyes that may be placed directly on the fabric from an aqueous solution. They are a class of hot water dyes that are used with cellulose fibres.

Buying Direct Dyes

There are many different direct dyes available on the market, commonly sold as “all purpose dyes.” These dyes include Rit, Tintex Hot Water dye, and Dylon Multi-purpose Dye. All-purpose dyes are a mixture of two dyes: a direct dye and an acid dye. Acid dyes do not last in cellulose fibres, such as cotton, so when conducting fabric direct dyeing, avoid the all-purpose dyes and buy pure direct dyes so that they are longer-lasting. Continue reading “Direct Dyeing of Fabrics”