Christmas competition time! And we want to see your Christmas Displays! Whether its in your front room, down the pub, an independent shop, your school, a garden centre, village hall, Santa’s Grotto, your local church or department store. If you took part in creating the magic, send us your proudest pictures and you could win 20% off your next fabric order!
We will be choosing ten winners, YES 10! who will ALL receive 20% off their next fabric order with us. All you have to do is send us photos of your creative Christmas concepts. Send your pics by email firstname.lastname@example.org or on our Facebook messenger. Read on for more info…
As connoisseurs of all things shiny know, there is a big difference between something that shines and something that sparkles. If you are choosing Christmas sparkle fabric for your visual merchandising, displays or fashion design you have to ensure the vision is understood by everyone you are working with from the people sourcing the fabric to the people selling the fabric themselves! If you have aver been ever so slightly annoyed if someone says” oh I love your sparkly top” when you know full well its a more of a liquid flat shine then you may well appreciate this blog. Send it to anyone who needs to learn their twinkle from their shine.
OK, that may have sounded a bit pedantic but knowing the difference is important when describing a fabric to someone and when ordering online. Visual merchandisers, interior designers, set designers, artists and clothing designers should all know the differences, however subtle. When creating anything from scene or a garment you often need to describe your design to someone who wont quite see the difference in their mind, until they see the real thing. Maybe this blog will help.
Terms like sparkle or twinkle refer to materials that catch the light in a multitude of places. The size of the pieces and the direction they face determines the way light reacts with them. The smaller the pieces, the finer the sparkle, so it becomes more of a twinkle. When thousands of tiny facets that all face the same direction, they work together so the fabric can become more of a fluid shine. Whereas when light hits Glitter fabric the multitude of facets face different random directions, creating more of a sparkle to the fabric rather than a pure shine.
Instead of my in depth descriptions that wander on for miles, I have devised a bullet point guide and a points out of 10 guide to help out anyone choosing their sparkle fabric! This is applied to fabric we sell, but will also help with any shiny fabric you come across in life!
I have used terms such as ;
….to help with understanding the fabric. For a good example I would say Large Display Glitter Fabric has a 10/10 sparkle and the Fine Display Glitter has a 10/10 twinkle. So scroll scroll through and like a top trumps for fabric, compare the scores….
Its a term most are familiar with, and chances are most of your Film and TV intake is full of it! When you see a wild animal or monster, we know its done with green screen. Green Screen is essential if you want to create something out of the ordinary. And it’s not just for scary monsters and fantastic landscapes, even the very basic backbone of TV such as news and weather reports rely on green screen fabric to create the scene.
TV shows, stage, films, books, graphic novels and comics. If you want to follow in the footsteps of a famous witch (follow her look that is) then there is plenty of choice out there. Some looks are easier to achieve than others. Here are some of my favorite witches and their looks that can easily be replicated and easily recognised…..
Whilst looking for no sew tu tu skirts I discovered a huge array of wonderful witches outfits all bespoke and easy to make on your own. This style of witches outfit is a magical mix up of Gothic Halloween witch meets fairy tale princess. Full skirts are created by multi layers of sheer fabric like organza, cotton rubia and tulle in classic colours used in modern day Halloween ; green, orange, purple or red. There are so many You Tube videos online to help you, I picked three to guide you , click on to see more…
If your into glitter in a big way, you probably know about glitter fabric already. If you haven’t, then here’s what it’s all about. Imagine the glitter you get in pots in a fabric form, now imagine that high sparkle glitter as a thick sheet of fabric you can create with. Amazing right? Solid yet flexible sheets of glitter you can use on all sorts of projects. Read on and be dazzled….
Brilliant for the garden, beanbag fabric is fully waterproof so you can feel free to get it messy! Easy to wipe clean, it will handle whatever gets thrown at it. So if your using it for a kids play area, that means mud, food, drinks and goodness knows what else!
Glitter fabric is springing up all over the place , creating a sparkling sensation wherever it goes. The trend in using glitter fabric for visual merchandising and design has been snowballing fast the past few years. And quite right, too. OK so glitter fabric isn’t going to suit every project, but an awful lot of people now use glitter fabric when it hadn’t even occurred to them to use it a few years ago.
This could be down to reasons that go hand in hand. Popularity and awareness. You cannot deny the popularity of glitter fabric in the current visual merchandising and creative scene. In turn, the glitter fabric itself has been seen by more and more members of the public and business owners. People who may have never seen such a fabric before, now have to have it for their homes, their business and events.
When a customer called me yesterday from an infant school asking for relevant fabric for loose parts play, I have to say I was baffled. Loose parts play is not a phrase I’m familiar with, but when it was kindly explained, it all became clear. And very familiar.
In Touch With Reality
Loose parts play is a contemporary movement for children’s play that incorporates an age old truth. Children have incredible imaginations. They can and will incorporate anything that fascinates them into playtime. This is basically how I played growing up, its how all children played (back then). Yes I had toys, but I would involve all sorts of items I found around me when making up stories and scenarios.
The teacher in question needed many different samples of fabric with all sorts of different textures to cut up and include in small loose parts play and some larger weatherproof pieces for outside play. I explained we have thousands of fabrics and I would send lots of links to her for the most interesting and tactile options. She could then order lots of 50p samples and as out our sample are quite large at an average 5 to 9 inches square (or rectangle!) they could be cut up and shared among the children.
I wasn’t aware that there was an actual teaching method or movement to get children more interested in the physical world around them. I’ts good to know there is. With the lure of the screen taking over from such a young age, this teaching methodology is essential for stepping into the “real world”. The teaching of loose parts play has proven to ignite a creative spark even in children who were reluctant to get involved, at first. I’m glad to know there are are still kids who are still into everything around them, not just on a screen in front of them.
The teacher explained that in addition to the multitude of items used for loose parts play she needed “interesting fabric”. “So you mean unusual and tactile fabric” I said and began to describe the wealth of verities we have here at at Fabric UK. This was exactly what she needed. The fabric that initially triggered her interest for including it in loose parts play was Laminated Hessian, which she came across for another purpose. She quickly realised that a mixture of pieces of fabric with vastly varied textures would be a valuable addition to Loose Parts Play.
Learning Through Touch
Using fabric and materials to aid the integration of small children is a great way to ease the way into a world that probably seems quite scary at times. Imaging the constant shock and surprise of everything you touch around you! Teaching babies and toddlers the vast differences of the physical world helps them grow into their surrounding comfortably. It links the physical feeling to the questioning and creative part of the brain as they work out answers for themselves.
This need to work out what something is, how it works, and why it feels that way keeps going through through early toddler years, infant school to primary and on and on….
Keep Feeling Fascination
Fascination in unusual textures isn’t just a childhood throwback. For the average human, It is true that as we get older, the more that we learn, less is new to us. We absorb everything around us at a phenomenal rate and quickly become used to new textures and experiences. This is because we become used to the rate of change around us. For the creative mind though, the curiosity we have of the physical world around us keeps running full steam.
The inquisitive minds use the imagination they honed since childhood to to create new fabric through technology or ancient technique. The creative minds then use the fabric in incredible and imaginative ways for fashion, artwork, interior design and visual merchandising. Proving how integral it is to keep the spark of fascination alive throughout our whole life.
Its the desire to research, experiment, create and produce that keeps new things happening!
Most public events need to use fire retardant fabric by law. We stock a huge range of fabric which meets British fire safety standards. From standard necessities like marquee lining and synthetic fire retardant fabric and to decorative fabric like our fire retardant display lining in 26 colours! We have 47 different collections of fire retardant fabric. On top of that we hold a large range of leatherette vinyls which are also fire retardant. Here’s a list of the most popular fabrics for festivals and events, just click on the pics to take you to our website….