Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Tuesday Ramblings-What is that fabric for???

It's Tuesday afternoon and I'm getting ready to head down to Bee Quilted Headquarters!  I can't wait to see all the beautiful fabrics we have coming in!!!  So what am I doing right now instead of packing?  Enjoying the beautiful weather today!!!

Last Saturday, I announced our next Sew-A-Long!  This one is going to be fun, because it can be a #selfcaresewing project or it can be something for your little one.  Plus, if you do one for your daughter, you can even make a matching one for her doll!  And huge bonus, the patterns are all free!  (You can get them here)  We're spending the rest of this week picking out fabrics and we will be starting our SAL on Monday (June 9) with cutting.  

We've been adding new fabric types to our group, specifically from Cotton+Steel.  I know we have all different levels of seamstresses from complete beginner all the way to advanced professional.  Sometimes, all those fabric types can get confusing!!!  Just about everyone knows about woven and knit, but what about voile, canvas, lawn???  What are the best types of projects for each of those fabric types?  I'll give you a little insight to some of the new fabric types we're carrying.

Woven: This is the most common fabric in our shop.  It's easy to work with and can be used on a variety of projects from clothing to quilts to bags.  It does not have stretch, is pretty strong, and is a good all-around fabric, especially for beginners.

Knit: Another common fabric, especially in clothing.  Knit does have stretch to it and the stretch can vary.  It can have a two-way (only from edge to edge) or a four-way (both edge to edge and lengthwise) stretch.  This fabric is most commonly used in t-shirts, tank tops, and bathing suits.  

Voile: The word "voile" comes from the French word for veil, which is an indication of the fabric's intrinsic nature: light-weight and semi-sheer. Voile's plain weave construction makes it similar to other light-weight woven materials, such as muslin, organdy and organza. Crisp, yet comfortable against the skin, voile has been used in women's undergarments and summer clothing. But it is not only for apparel; voile is often used in home furnishing applications such as curtains and window treatments.
Read more: http://www.ehow.com/list_7278471_characteristics-voile-fabric.html#ixzz33bvYbLzJ

Canvas:  Canvas is a heavy-duty fabric weave that has been used for centuries. Canvas fabrics have been used to make boat sails, tents, tarps, handbags and even air bags in vehicles. Canvas can be made out of a wide variety of materials, each with its own set of properties.
Read more: http://www.ehow.com/info_8385449_properties-canvas-fabric.html#ixzz33bw1pODc

Lawn:  Plain weave sheer fabric, originally of linen, but now also describes cotton fabrics. Lawn is made from very fine (thin) high thread count carded (prepared with a brush) yarns. Lawn is always made with an even weave using even yarns to produce a smooth, untextured surface. A crisp finish is frequently applied to lawn fabrics, and occasionally to other fabrics, which are then said to have a ‘lawn finish’. Comes from Laon in France, which used to be a major producer of linen lawn.
Read more: http://thedreamstress.com/2010/07/voile-lawn-muslin-whats-the-difference-the-long-answer/

I hope this helps some of you in picking out fabrics for your projects!  Now I really do have to get to packing!  Happy Sewing!


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