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Entries from October 1, 2009 - October 31, 2009

Saturday
Oct312009

Graphique Bureau's Textile Print Art

Surface designs textile prints by Daniel Moraes for Graphique Bureau.

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Friday
Oct302009

Gloster Outdoor Fabric Furniture

 

Textiles for outdoor furniture and shadings by Gloster.

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Wednesday
Oct282009

Harri Koskinen Fabrics for Marimekko

Monumentti and Frekvenssi, two fabrics from Marimekko, designed by Harri Koskinen.

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Monday
Oct262009

Pink Inc.'s Fabric Ceiling Treatment at the Guggenheim Museum

The Guggenheim Museum's custom fabric and projected light ceiling treatment, designed for the Giorgio Armani's Young Collectors Annual Artist Ball, by Pink Inc.

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Saturday
Oct242009

Luna Textiles' Spellbound Collection

 

Spellbound, a flame-retardant, jacquard-woven fabric made from wool, nylon and cotton, by Luna Textiles.

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Monday
Oct192009

Anthropologie's Lulea Apron

 Anthropologie's Lulea Apron features a fun floral print on 100% cotton fabric.

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Monday
Oct192009

Pallas Textiles' Arbor Fabric

Designed by Lori Weitzner for Pallas Textiles, Arbor, made from Rayon, Polyester and Nylon, for the upholstery.

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Monday
Oct192009

Creative Chick's Blue Abstract Textile Art

Blue Abstract, a one-of-a-kind piece made from embellished textiles and other mixed media, by Creative Chick Studios.

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Sunday
Oct182009

5-Harness Satin Weave

 

Above is a simulation of a 5-harness, warp-faced satin (the repeat is 3 wide by 2 high).  Fabrics ranging from finely woven lightweight apparel styles to heavy industrial items are made with this construction. Each warp yarn runs through one of the 5 harnesses, and all yarns running through the same harness will weave the same way. 

A satin weave is a type of fabric construction used to create fabrics with some or all of the following qualities:

  • Heavy construction:  because there are fewer interlacings than in most weave constructions, the yarns can be spaced closer together (plain weave is the construction that has the most interlacings, with warp and weft alternating on the surface each time they cross). 
  • Stability:  Because the yarns interlace in such a way that the float in either direction is always exactly 4, this provides the best construction for a stable fabric with fewer interlacings.
  • Fabric with shine: because in a warp-faced satin, 80% of the surface is made from yarns oriented in the warp direction, filament fibers made from silk or synthetics such as polyester can create a luxurious sheen.

Below is a diagram showing both a warp-faced (left) and a filling-faced (right) satin.  Filling-faced satins are less common, but used often in draperies in a type of fabric known as Antique Satin.  Raisers are interlacings where the warp crosses over the filling on the face of the fabric; sinkers are interlacings where the filling crosses over the warp on the surface.

Many fabrics combine multiple satin constructions to create pattern.  A combination of four Progressive 5-Harness Satin Weaves (below) are often used to create brocades, stripes or florals patterns. Complex designs are woven on Jacquard looms, where each interlacing is controlled by a computer as opposed to a harness.

While 5-harness is the most common, there are other satin constructions that use anywhere from 4 to 8 harnesses.

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Wednesday
Oct142009

Giambattista Valli's Black & White Fabrics for Fall 09

Black and white color stories for Fall/Winter 09/10 by Giambattista Valli.

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Sunday
Oct112009

Warp & Weft's Stripes and Blocks Rugs

Two rugs from the Concepts collection by Warp & Weft:  Stripes in Mocha, and Blocks in Olive.

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Sunday
Oct112009

Flags for Sale at Kites Etc., Newport Beach

Display of decorative flags for sale at Kites Etc. in Newport Beach, CA.

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Thursday
Oct082009

Rosa Parks Transit Center Fabric Tension Structure

FTL Design Engineering Studio, in partnership with Parsons Brinkerhoff, designed the tension fabric roof, above the Rosa Parks Transit Center in Detroit, MI.

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Monday
Oct052009

Dolce & Gabbana Printed Chiffon Dress

Classic art, printed on all-silk chiffon, by Dolce & Gabbana.

Saturday
Oct032009

Liora Manné's Twist Rug

Through a patented process to create non-woven textiles called Lamontage, Liora Manné created the Twist Rug.

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