Everyone needs a little extra sparkle now and then. Some people have to sparkle every day, some wait for events for an excuse to glitter up. I fall into the category of glitter all day every day, and more on the weekends. Why wait? Life is short and there is so much sparkle out there to cover yourself with.
This little blog focuses on how useful glitter fabric is for one off bespoke creations or for small batches for a craft business. The two glitter fabrics for these ideas are the large glitter fabric and the fine glitter fabric. As shown in the photo below, there is some difference in the size of the glitter which covers the strong poly-cotton fabric backing. Which size you go for is up to you but some ideas work better with fine, some better with large. Both are very easy to cut and shape, though the fine glitter fabric is a little easier to work with so more intricate shapes will benefit from this surface.
We hold four types of cotton calico in store which are bought by a mix of industries. Some is needed for printing patterns for clothing, some industrial use, lots for interior design for draping, theatre use for backdrops, fashion and design university’s use rolls and rolls of classic calico for toilles (practice clothing) and lots of events use the fire retardant calico fabric to print logos or customise creative designs on. Have a read on to find out which type of calico best suits your needs.
Dupion also goes under the name of Douppioni or Dupioni and is commonly known as raw silk. The method of production uses a smooth fine yarn in the warp and uneven yarn in the weft which produces a textured slub that runs through the plain weave fabric.
Widely used for canopies, visual merchandising displays, garden shading, festivals and clubs this ultra stretchy pure white fabric can be easily stretched into fantastic looking shapes. The Lycra fabric can be elongated into ultra contemporary designs for sleek merchandising and can also be printed on, making it ideal for advertising banners and canopies. For more artistic creations, this Lycra can be easily cut, shaped and stretched into intricate designs for indoor or outdoor shading and decorative pieces for festivals and events or stretched into huge organic looking shapes that look like they belong on a space station!
Stretched Shading gives a sleek contemporary look to events large and small. Huge marquees can be made from this fantastic fabric or you could design a smaller version for your garden. The white stretch Lycra we stock is extra wide, measuring 200 cm across, very handy for covering a lot of space in one go.
Here at Fabric UK we really do aim to provide fabric for any job. Apart from or classic textiles range we have many varied collections of vinyl and leatherette, ideal for car and vehicle upholstering. From basic black leatherette in various textural qualities to slick gloss and glitter vinyl, you can re upholster to keep with the cars classic look or customise to whatever vision you have.
We have compiled a useful list of some of the most useful, popular and interesting vinyl leatherette so you can have a quick read through or just check out the images.
We have a vast range of vinyl and leatherette fabric available here at Fabric UK to fit a range of creative and functional needs. The vinyls and leatherette come in a range of weights. The thinner of the vinyls are more suitable for clothing as weight makes the fabric more manageable to cut and shape. The thicker vinyls are ideal for upholstery projects whether its for customising your car seats to creating a retro dinner look for your kitchen.
If you haven’t already got a head full of ideas for your garden, the first thing to do is to get out there and take a good look. It’s very likely there is an area that will trigger inspiration. Use existing fence posts, hooks and trees if possible to gather drape and hang all kinds of fabric for practical or decorative use. You can create a beautiful space that will protect you from too much rain or too much sun, without breaking the bank. Sometimes being thrifty and being creative merge together and once a few simple solutions light the ideas bulb in your head, more will pop up.
Feeling Furry competition Fabric UK are holding a month long competition to win fabric. We want pictures of your furry creations! Whether clothing, upholstering or decoration we will pick the craziest of the bunch to win… 1st prize £50 fabric voucher 2nd prize £30 fabric voucher
3rd prize £15 fabric voucher
Connoisseur of fabulous fabric Deano Ferrino from Behind the Curtain, Festival Booth and Magic Door will be co judging your furry fantasies with me and will pick the winners on the 7th August.
So if you have been planning to get a bit furry, you have a month from now to fix up your fab furry feature piece!
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We will endeavor to keep you posted with new products, old favorite’s customer creations and interesting facts about our fabric and its history.
This week our imported Italian lining fabric has just landed in store. This beautiful lightweight lining fabric can of course be used in the classical way to line jackets and coats for men’s and women’s deigns, or take a look at the patterns and colours and see what inspires you.
FabricUK are pleased to announce that we now supply all types of bean bag furniture. We can provide furniture to your specifications and design, with your choice of fabric from our extensive stocks. Read on for the lowdown on bean bag furniture and what FabricUK can create for you. Continue reading “FabricUK Create Bean Bag Furniture”