Fabric Spotlight Series, Part 1: Overview
Whether you’re a designer, a builder, or an interior specialist, you already know how drastically the right draperies can change the look and feel of a space.
You might have a vision for how the perfect draperies are going to look in the area of your choosing. You might even have some idea of the kind of fabric you want to use.
Precision Draperies has been manufacturing high-quality, long-lasting drapery and soft furnishing solutions for generations, and we’ve virtually seen it all when it comes to fabric used in drapery applications. To help set some expectations and add a dash of reality to your drapery dreams, we’re embarking on a 6-part series dedicated to fabrics.
What’s to Come
Our Fabric Spotlight Series will be a resource for anyone looking to enhance an interior space with gorgeous, durable draperies. Because of the complexity involved in working with a wide variety of fabrics, we’re breaking down the series into the following parts:
Casement Fabrics and Embroidery
Casement fabrics snag easily and can be difficult to sew. They’re also often stretchy and require manual cutting and sizing in most applications.
Embroidery often requires hand-stitching depending on its thickness. Proper thread must be used to ensure that light doesn’t penetrate the fabric.
Laces and Linens
Lace in particular can look amazing in the right setting. However, depending on how the fabric is manufactured, the width can be reduced by as much as 25% when repeatedly matching multi-width sections.
Solid, 100%-linen fabric will almost always show wrinkles more than simple, printed linen. Even after steaming, it’s important to know what to expect!
Silks and Sheer Fabrics
Being naturally made cloth of the silkworm, silk and other sheer fabrics look luxurious and supple. However, they can be unpredictable as they are subject to shrinking and stretching based on heat and other environmental factors.
Extra-Wide and Unpredictable Fabrics
Extra-wide drapery fabrics require extra attention to detail in order to achieve the desired outcome. We’ll show you why.
Velvet and Upholstery
Velvet and upholstered fabrics are regal and highly textured, but they can be a real challenge when they’re laid out on the workroom table. Knowing what hurdles they present will go a long way in planning your draperies project.
Stay Tuned for Part 2: Casement Fabrics and Embroidery
Next month, we’ll jump right in and discuss the challenges that are presented when working with casements and embroidered fabrics.
Be sure to check back regularly for new posts!
And, as always, if we can help with your drapery project, don’t hesitate to contact us and start a conversation; we’re here to help!