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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Calculating 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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Laminated Hessian Fabric

Pretty and Tough

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 stops liquid passing through the fabric. 

We have a range delightful colours in the Laminated Hessian to choose from bright cheerful shades to natural Hessian all at £3.99 a metre and measuring 120 cm wide. These bright colours are popular with arts and craft makers, school projects and visual merchandising.

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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Calico Fabric Fire Retardant

Proban Treated

Fire retardant calico is pre treated with Proban, this is an inherent fire retardant chemical used on fabric that requires durable and trustworthy treatment. Proban is a registered trademark, any fabrics treated with Proban must meet part of the licensee agreement which means fabrics are made to last and are put through a vigorous test for their wash durability.

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Awning Fabric for your Home or Business

Our range

The first thing to say about our Fabric UK awning range is how huge it is. When counting up the colour and pattern choices of our awning fabric the total came to 218.  We have 12 ranges of awning fabric with each range having colour and pattern variations from soft and neutral to bright and contemporary.

block stripe awning

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Versatile Hessian for Construction Arts and Crafts

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“Yonder are the Hessians. They were bought for seven pounds and tenpence a man. Are you worth more? Prove it. Tonight the American flag floats from yonder hill or Molly Stark sleeps a widow!” — John Stark at the Battle of Bennington in 1777

Hessian fabric known as Burlap or Jute in the USA and Crocus in Jamaica is a woven fabric made from the skin of the Jute plant. Termed The Golden Fibre because of its golden colour, Hessian first became popular in India and Pakistan where it was used in the manufacture of paper and ropes. Hessian can also be made from Sisal, a widely cultivated Mexican plant that produces stiff fibres. Continue reading “Versatile Hessian for Construction Arts and Crafts”

Visual Merchandising, Fabrics & Tips for a Stunning Window Display

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Creating Great Window Displays

 Is your shop window display dull, cluttered with random objects and dead flies?

Do you want your display to grab attention?

Then you came to the right place. Visual Merchandising or window displays are a very powerful tool for selling.  Retail stores, chain stores and mid sized shops are competing for business, especially as the festive season comes around again. Most window displays are lacklustre due to limited resources and imagination, whilst the chain stores have a template that they stick to, making the displays uniform and uninteresting, too bland to turn heads. Most retailers create badly laid out displays with little or no thought given to balance, colour or lighting. They are often messy, random and totally uninspiring. Continue reading “Visual Merchandising, Fabrics & Tips for a Stunning Window Display”

Awing Fabric for Your Garden

Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could transform your garden into something like the Botanical gardens located near us in Birmingham? Summer season is on our doorstep so we’re just in time to help you get your outdoor home geared up for Sunday afternoons of lounging in the sun. First step is to get your garden lawn cut and flowers planted and then you can follow these visionary ideas to show off at a garden party, when hosting a barbecue with friends or relaxing with the family. Plus I have included some useful information on fabrics which are recommended for outdoor use so that you can effectively spruce up your exterior lounge. Continue reading “Awing Fabric for Your Garden”

Testing Fire Retardant Fabrics and Liquid Spray

In collaboration with KBTs fire retardant liquid, we are going to underline the basics of fire resistant fabrics with the addition of a demonstration video. Fire retardant fabrics are important because so many fires are caused accidently. Fire retardant fabrics can be difficult to set alight or they will burn slower or self-extinguish, helping to prevent injury or death. There are also fire regulations put in place for clothing items such as for children’s sleepwear and for work wear clothing in the emergency services and military. Other standards are provided for environments which can be classified as either low risk, medium risk or high risk. An example of low risk include schools and museums and medium risk include entertainment venues. Here are how fire retardant fabrics work and what are the best options for different applications.

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