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”

Cotton Duck Fabric

Cotton duck has many different names, including “ducks,” “duck cloth” and “duck canvas.”

Origins

Cotton duck is a plain-woven fabric, which may also be referred to as canvas.

“Duck” comes from the Dutch word “doek,” meaning linen cloth. Cotton duck distinguishes the fabric from other types of ducks, most notably the traditional linen. Duck can also be made from other materials, such as flax. However, cotton duck is not related to the bird of the same name. Continue reading “Cotton Duck Fabric”

Calico Fabric Origins

Calico hails from India, specifically the city of Calicut, Kerala, India, after which the fabric is named. It is one of the oldest cottons in the world and is recognized for its durability.

calico fabric

Origins

Calico dates back to India, as far back as before the Common Era. As early as 1630, cotton calico prints were being exported to England where they were praised for their beautiful patterns. Originally dubbed as “calicuts,” the name calico evolved as first referring to Indian cottons with an equal weft and warp, then to any plain-weave cotton. Continue reading “Calico Fabric Origins”

Awning Material For The Outdoors

Solution-dyed, acrylic awning fabric is the ideal choice when it comes to solar protection, guaranteeing excellent, long-term protection against UV rays, heat, glare and inclement weather.

Its solution-dyed Sunacryl acrylic fibres and special Cleangard outdoor awning treatment give it exceptional long-term colour fastness and superior resistance to tearing, water damage and dirt. Recommended for all types of awnings, wherever they are placed. Certain solid colours are available in widths of 165ˆ, 200ˆ, 250ˆ and 320ˆ cm. Colours available online are in a width of 120 cm. Continue reading “Awning Material For The Outdoors”

Fire Retardant Spray Usage

Here at FabricUK we often have customers asking us about their projects and how to make sure that they’re fire-safe. There are two options, you either use a fire-retardant material or treat the material you intend to use with fire retardant chemicals. A lot of customers aren’t able to change the fabric in their project and so they turn to treating fabric themselves.

Treating fabric with fire retardant chemicals is actually a lot easier than you first might think. There’s no soaking or curing, just apply a fine mist with a spray bottle, let it dry, and you’re done.

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How To Create Shade Cards

Do you have customers who need to know all of the colours you have? Do you need to show your superiors what’s available? Well, a professional looking and convenient solution is a shade card. The following article is going to demonstrate how we create shade cards for our customers, hopefully this is of use to some of you.

Requirements

You’ll required the following for this guide:

  • Small cuts of each fabric colour you have (around 3cm x 5cm)
  • Strong card, with a square cut out for each fabric sample (we use pre-cut)
  • Double-sided tape (preferably of the strong variety)
  • A roller is recommended, but not required.
  • A sharp knife, such as a Stanley knife, is recommended, but not required.

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