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Choosing the right fabric for your project or application can be difficult.
There are lots of things to consider we have listed some pointers you should think about.
Here at Fabric UK, we stock a vast range of Upholstery fabrics. All perfect for Upholstery or Re-upholstery. Most of the fabrics conform to the Fire Retardant standards; BS5852, BS5867, BS476 or even CRIB 5. Some fabrics also meet the Martindale rub test standards. At Fabric UK we are able to treat fabrics that are not Fire Retardant to meet your required specifications.
Face mask fabrics, there are a lot of different ways to construct your own face masks. We stock a wide range of face mask fabric which would be applicable. During this time, the spread of COVID-19 means that it is now more important than ever to wear a face mask. Masks are more so used to prevent the furthering of the disease which as a result, will decrease the new arising cases.
Scuba & Neoprene
Currently a very popular option for face masks is scuba or neoprene. They have a sponge like consistency and offer great protection from those around you.
Scuba fabric is a polyester mix fabric mostly known for use with figure hugging fashion and sporting garments. The fabric consists of a 92% polyester and 8% elastane blend, and constructed using a double knit method which results in a thicker fabric with a smooth yet spongy feel.
It seems that velvet upholstery never seems to go out of fashion. Every season there is a new innovative way velvet has been revamped to fit into our everyday lives. Whether through stitching techniques or embossing, velvet has may ways in which it can transform our spaces.
We have a brand new range of Metallic Foil Fabrics! The Lycra foil fabric has a four way stretch, high shine and is suitable for clothing such as Swimming costumes, Bikinis, Active wear, Leggings, Tops, Leotards, and Dance wear.
Our Mermaid, Unicorn, Rainbow and Fish scale foils are stretchy,vibrant and perfect for multiple applications.Breathable and durable the fabric can withstand all forms of physical activity.
Introduction our new range of PU fabric. We have a large new range suitable for multiple applications. Including Leather look, Matt, Hi-shine, Holographic and Animal Print PU. Find all fabric online here.
Hologram Hi Shine
Hologram Hi Shine PU has a four way stretch and an iridescent gloss shine. The fabric is suitable for clothing such as swimwear, dresses, leggings and tops. It can also be used for accessories. Frequently used in performance wear and in costume design. Pu fabric has waterproof qualities and can therefore be used within the home and outdoors for table cloths etc.
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….
What is Chroma Key Fabric also know as Green screen fabric?
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 fabric. 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. Find the fabric here
Whilst looking for no sew tu tu skirts I discovered a huge array of wonderful witches. 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.There are so many You Tube videos online to help you, I picked three to guide you , click on to see more…
Fabric UK we have just received a massive delivery of top quality fire retardant upholstery fabric in loads of different styles at £9.99 PER METRE or less.
Most of these rolls would have originally been priced between £20 to £40 per metre but they all HAVE to go so we are pricing the fabric at £9.99 PER METRE! or less. If you have an upholstery or interior design business this is a great opportunity to pick up excellent quality upholstery fabric for curtains, cushions, sofas and armchairs. There are so many styles to see, you should come to our Birmingham warehouse and check it out for yourself!
Jacquard, chenille, velour, tapestry style, Aztec, look, traditional, plain and patterned, there are loads of styles to choose from.
Have a scroll down at some of the fabric ready and waiting in the warehouse.