Posts tagged ‘fabric types’

More About Rayon

Also see part 1: Know Your Rayon Sewing With Rayon – Pre-shrinking the fabric is recommended for garments. This can be achieved by pre-washing or steam ironing. – Universal needles and all-purpose thread are OK for most weights and weaves of rayon. – It ravels easily, so finish those seams. – Use the cool setting [...]

Know Your Rayon

General Facts Popular Dress Rayons, from the 1943-44 Fall-Winter Montgomery Ward catalog – Rayon is not quite a natural fiber but not completely artificial, either. It is derived from cellulose (the structural component of green plant cell walls), but cellulose must be processed significantly in order to become rayon fibers. – It has been around [...]

About Barkcloth

Barkcloth is a type of cotton (sometimes with rayon or linen content) with a special weave that gives it a nubby texture reminiscent of tree bark. It is defined by that texture rather than by weight, fiber content, or print. It is typically a medium-to-heavy weight fabric suited best for upholstery, drapes, and other home [...]

Sewing With Linen

Linen Stack by Yorktown Road on Flickr It’s linen week! See part 1, Know Your Linen, and part 2, Sources for Linen. Images in this post are by Yorktown Road and Six and a Half Stitches. From Six and a Half Stitches, on Flickr Buying: Unless you have bought pre-softened/pre-shrunk fabric, count on 1/8 yard [...]

Know Your Linen

close-up of linen fibers Before I started my research, I didn’t know that linen is made from the flax plant. We’re talking the same flax that provides the seeds that provide all those good Omega-3 acids. Here is some etymological goodness from Wikipedia: The word linen is derived from the Latin for the flax plant, [...]