Faux suede is an alternative for suede, the name is self-explanatory and any product with faux or actual suede will be highlighted and labelled as the correct name. Suede is one of the bottom layers of leather; it is a little fury with a longer pile making this the softer layer of a hide. Cow, goat and lamb hides are used to create suede products.
Suede was originally used to create gloves and other thermal products. However, it is not now to create a lining on leather goods like shoes, bags and wallets. This helps line the products with a softer material but still create a luxury product.
Polyester also known as PET (Polyethylene terephthalate), which is another type of plastic. Polyester is a man-made fibre like other synthetic yarns, there are different combinations of polyester some mixed with cotton or other natural fibres. However natural polyester is made with natural plant cuticles.
Invented in 1941, since then there are many uses and types of polyester fabric something for every project or user. Depending upon the combination and the way it is woven it can be a very effective material as the advantages can be seen as a solution to the disadvantages of using natural fibres.
Wadding is used as padding for quilts or certain upholstery products. There are many different types of wadding and they are all based upon the production techniques and the material used to create the wadding such as cotton, polyester or wool. Wadding can come in different thicknesses to suit the application, it is a lightweight material used to create some thickness and padding but at the same time it won’t weigh down the end product.
Linen is a natural fibre made from flax or also known as linseed. It is part of the Linaceae family of plants. The fibres are taken from the stem of the plant and usually the fibres are smooth and straight, the fibres can be up to three times stronger then cotton.
Flax can be knotted, spun or dyed to create linen. It is one of the oldest fabrics dating back to the early civilizations such as the Egyptians where they would use linen to mummify the body and use it as normal clothes to wear everyday.
The texture of linen is smooth and cool to touch, the fibres are very smooth so the fabric is usually lint free, however you can get small bumps along the fibres called slubs. Linen is very popular to wear in the summer months worldwide due to the cooling properties, it usually comes in lighter pastel colours but it can be dyed to a range of different colours. The natural lustre of linen is great as it is an added extra to the fabric.
Wool is a natural fibre taken from different animals, such as a sheep, lamb, rabbits, cashmere goats and camels too, they all have different properties and end usage. Wool usually taken from a sheep has many different types due to the different areas it can be taken from on the animal, such as the haunches (back legs) of a sheep the wool is very strong and long so it can be used for more heavy duty needs. The crimped and elastic characteristics of wool are distinctive and you can feel this when touching wool.
A selection of natural and synthetic waterproof fabrics that are inherently waterproof or treated to become water resistant. We stock a number of different types including PU, Canvas and breathable. These are extremely durable and can be used for clothing, baby wear, anoraks and bags. Also available are outdoor fabrics which have many uses including awnings, tents, wind breaks, outdoor furniture and tarpaulin sheets.
We have Cotton Canvas Waterproof Fabric 14oz is a strong waterproof cotton canvas fabric. Used for tents, tarpaulins and many other heavy uses.
A list of top products lines in this category are given below.
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.
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.
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.
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.