For each kid in a candy store that grew up to love design, there are fabric showrooms. Enclosed in four walls are endless color combinations, design motifs, natural and synthetic fibers that make way to textures of light linens to heavy weaves.
For this Tigerlily’s tip of the trade, we turn now to a fabric 411.
Wool: Fibers from animal coats like sheep and goat. In interiors it can be used as an upholstery fabric, to make draperies or pillows. Course wool can be more durable and often is produced at the mills with more rubs. Cashmere blends are refined and should be used in delicate accents pieces.
Cotton: Fibers from the cotton plant’s seed pod. Cotton fabrics begin at an affordable price point and can sustain a fair amount of ware and tear. Cottons can have a casual cozy feel with an ability to maintain shape and can be dressed up for elegance especially with print.
Silk: Fibers from the cocoon of the silkworm. Silks can look beautiful as draperies and on delicate furnishings. Silk should be tends to fade in direct sunlight.
Linen: Linen is from flax, a bast fiber taken from the stalk of the plant. The natural fiber in neutral tones provides a fresh contemporary look. L
Hemp, Ramie, and Jute: All of these are similar to linen but the plants are processed slightly differently.
Rayon: From cellulose, has many of the qualities of cotton, a natural cellulose fiber. Rayon is strong, extremely absorbent, comes in a variety of qualities and weights, and can be made to resemble natural fabrics.
Polyester: is a strong fiber that is resistant to crease and thus keeps it shape. Blends of polyester give cotton a permanent press property and extend the wear of these blended garments.