Waterproof Water Repellent or Water Resistant?

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Rain is part and parcel of living in England, yet we are in a constant battle to control its effects. As much as we appreciate the rain we do have to protect ourselves and our property against it. From a flurry of pleasant summer rain to storms that destroy coastal homes, there is a fabric available to match every kind if rain. This blog is here to help you find that match, and will hopefully clear up the differences between waterproof, water repellent and find you the right fabric to suit your needs.

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Transparent Translucent Opaque Fabric Examples

See Through or Not See Through!

opaque translucent and transparent fabric

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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How To Work Out Fabric Weights

Finding out exact fabric weights 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, therefore you can get a better idea of what you can do with it. Knowing the weight is even more important when buying fabric online when you can physically feel the fabric.

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Laminated Hessian Fabric

We have a great range of colours to choose from in our laminated hessian fabric collection. Bright cheerful shades to natural,all at £3.99 a metre and measuring 120 cm wide. This laminated version of classic hessian fabric is ideal for arts and craft, visual merchandising, props and displays. Read on to see how it works….

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Self Adhesive Fire Retardant Hessian

This self adhesive version holds all the classic qualities of jute Hessian along with a handy super sticky self adhesive backing. Because this fabric is so often used for events, visual merchandising and displays, we have added a fire retardant coating to the fabric. This makes sure it meets the relevant  British safety standards.

self adhesive hessian fabric
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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Hessian Fabric Coloured Jute Cloth

Colour Choice

Many functions of Hessian fabric have remained unchanged since its original production, this classic jute hessian holds all the properties of the traditional fabric but has also has been solid dyed to make a range of seventeen colours. Ranging from rich terracotta to pale blue light steel there is plenty of colour choice for projects around the home or general arts and crafts.

 

 

 

The hessian is constructed in the same way as our natural option, Jute fibres are woven into a course weave cloth which is semi opaque, you would be able to see any background colour behind the fabric. This gives the fabric a weight of approximately 275 grams per square metre, an average medium weight for hessian, perfect for the many tough tasks it can handle.

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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

Wide width 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 wide 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.

Wide width Calico Fabric – Fire Retardant

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Canvas Hopsack Fabric

Tough Enough

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 10 oz per square meter.

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