Neoprene fabrics properties and applications

Introduction

Neoprene is a synthetic material invented during the 1930’s it has revolutionized rubber and other synthetic rubbers in the industry. The properties of neoprene mean the fabric can be used in many different industries as it’s seen as a very durable and versatile material. It can come in many different forms and the formula can be adjusted to create the right material for a specific product.

Scuba diver wearing suit made from neoprene.
Scuba diver wearing suit made from neoprene.

It was originally invented by scientists at DuPont who created this compound and altered it after many tests and experiments this new creation is used in industries such as engineering, fashion, home wares, entertainment, aquatics and many other industries.

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The luxurious nature and uses of Silk fabric

Origins

Raw silk is a natural fibre made from a cocoon of different insects, process to produce silk yarns is intense, therefore making this one of the most expensive fabrics on the market and it has been produced for centuries in ancient China. Silk has anciently been associated with the rich due to its luxurious look and feel.

Synthetic silk has been invented as a cheaper option to silk with added benefits such as strength durability and shine. This is often called ‘artificial silk’ usually the synthetic silk is a mixture of Rayon and other fibres such as polyester woven to imitate silk to create satin. Bamboo is also combined with viscose to create something called bamboo silk.

Silk thread
Silk thread
Silk dry cocoon
Silk dry cocoon
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Curtain fabrics for soft furnishing

A substantial range of Curtain fabrics by the meter for your soft furnishing need. You have the option of buying branded or clearance ranges. We have printed designer linings, contemporary. Our curtain fabric options gives you the best opportunity to give your home a personalised look and bring your ideas to life.

Crushed Velvet Fabric
Crushed Velvet Fabric
Wide Width Heath Natural Curtain Fabric
Wide Width Heath Natural Curtain Fabric

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Velvet fabrics types and applications

Velvet is a very soft woven fabric. The term “velvety feel” does come from the tactile quality of Velvet itself, this is down to the unique way Velvet is produced by weaving two layers simultaneously and then cut apart to create this luscious fabric with short pile fibres that give the fabric texture and depth.

Velvet Fabric Spandex Velour

Cotton Velvet Fabric

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Hessian Fabrics for displays and notice boards

Hessian is a 100% natural jute also known as burlap is a woven fabric and historically was manufactured as a coarse fabric but with modern requirements has been developed into a jute fabric. Jute is much more eco-friendly material for bags, rugs, table runners, decorative, wrapping plants and shrubs.

burlap bulletin board by Melanie on flickr
burlap bulletin board by Melanie on flickr
Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash
Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

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Multi Purpose Upholstery Fabrics

Huge assortment of sumptuous upholstery material bought by the meter or in rolls. You will find the most luxurious velvet’s, Chenille, suede and faux leathers. Many of our upholstery material has been fire treated to the required British Standards so can be used for commercial and contract requirements.

Cotton Velvet Fabric
Cotton Velvet Fabric
Wide width acrylic felt fabric
Wide width acrylic felt fabric

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Quilted fabrics its composition and uses

Quilted fabrics come in a variety of styles, colours, materials and weights, all providing many both practical and stylistic qualities. Quilted fabrics are fabrics composed of wadding sandwiched between two layers of outer materials to form one thick and durable fabric. Various different types of waddings offer different levels of heat retention; the wadding often varies in weight and thickness and is held in place by stitching that covers both the outer fabric and the wadding.

Quilted fabric satin double sided
Quilted fabric satin double sided
Quilted suede fabric
Quilted suede fabric

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Waterproof fabrics-types and their uses for different projects

Waterproof fabrics come in a vast selection of finishes and textures while also possessing a variety of practical qualities. With their durable properties and variety of colours and styles that we stock, waterproof fabrics are perfect for protecting against extreme weather conditions and will maintain their protective qualities use after use. While protecting from water is the primary use for waterproof fabrics, we stock an extensive range of waterproof fabrics making them perfect for a number of different projects.

7oz water resistant fabric
7oz water resistant fabric
610g Heavy Duty Fire Retardant PVC
610g Heavy Duty Fire Retardant PVC

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