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Fabrics, as far as the Eye can See

Fabrics, as far as the Eye can See

Fabrics can be the basis for many types of decoration : dying, applique, tarping... They can come in linen, cotton, wool, synthetics, fur, silk... With every fabric having its own different sway and grace.

Fabric is essentially lengths of thread woven together, creating one piece. It is supple, flat and agile thanks to the interwoven rigidity of the threads. Making fabric has existed since the beginning of time and has improved, solidified, become innovative and vastly expanded over the years. Synthetic materials have also been created to complement traditional ones, originally more expensive and derived exclusively from animals. One can be spoiled for choice as materials have grown in number. Selecting the proper fabric for its best use always makes one further aware of the advantages and disadvantages of each type...

 

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Cotton

 

Peux couteux

 

Laine

Curtains, chairs cushions, ...

 

Resistant

Velvet

 

Comfortable

Heavy, winter related

Silk

 

Shimmer, light

Very (very fragile
To be dry cleaned only

Satin

Silk alternative

 

 

Vinyl

Couches and ottomans in an art deco style

Very colorful

Sensitive to stretchmarks

Alcantara

Sofas, thanks to its "peach fuzz" feel

Resistant
Pleasing to touch

Washing machine not to be used for cleaning

Leather

 

Ages well (with good care)

Sensitive to dogs and cats scratches

Suede

Back on the scene for couches and curtains

Soft and supple

 

Linen

Curtains, tablcloths, dyes

 

Expensive
Crumples easily

Hemp

 

Environmentally friendly

Sometimes harsh and rough

Fabrics can also be decorated by accessories found in craft shops. Buttons, strings, tassles, pearls, clips... Additional unique touches can make a fabric truly personal

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