Friday, April 15, 2011

Curtain Fabric

The most widely used curtain fabric is cotton, and there are various types like vegetable cotton, and Egyptian cotton. The fibers can be woven in many ways to derive different kinds of finishes on drapery, like a satin finish, or simple weave for a more classic and minimal look. Cotton usually needs a little more weight added to it so by install a back panel or liner will accomplish this nicely. Cotton is easy to tailor and makes for a quicker project at the sewing machine. Scotch guarding is essential in keeping this type of window covering stain free.
Linen is probably the second most popular resource to make custom drapery from, and it’s quite reasonable in price too. Flax fibers are woven to varying degrees to create an appearance of sheerness, to a fine weave that gives your windows a dressed up appeal or taste of elegant decor. Linen, almost exclusively used in the making of Roman Shades, and ceiling to floor type curtain panels. A liner attached to the backing is advisable, due to the moisture absorbent nature of flax. curtain fabric 
Synthetics are a low cost alternative to all window coverings, but they have a fake feel and sometimes look to them. These should only be used as temporary window drapes, until you can obtain or afford more natural fiber materials in the future. This material is used to mass-produce off the shelf curtain packages at the super discount stores, and are great for that person who just moved into their new apartment or town home. Only the budget minded will consider these a bargain.
Wool is the crowning jewel of curtain fabric and drapery, costs vary on the type of wool, and where it comes from as well. In addition, the type of animal the fibers are gathered from make a big difference in the final cost. Sheep are not the only contributors this material, goats, and camels are regularly sheer for their wool as well. Climates that are destined to be humid most of the time are not a good audience for wool fibers as they drink in as much moisture as they can hold.

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