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Tips About Fabric Types for Window Treatments

Posted on April 13, 2015 at 7:40 PM

Tips About Fabric Types for Window Treatments

We've been assembling a little library of guidelines and suggestions about fabric for window treatments. Some have come from answering questions for folks throughout the New Jersey area. This is the first collection of those fabric tips.


LACES AND OPEN WEAVES



Because of the variable weave of laces and open weaves, these fabrics may not hold an exact shape. Most will stretch at uneven lengths because of those variations, creating uneven hems. Re-hemming after the treatments have hung for a while is a possibility. Puddling of these fabrics on the floor is a life saver.


SHEERS



Dyelots on sheer fabrics are tricky. Colors will deepen and intensify when the fabric is shirred or pleated. In a color-critical situation, we strongly suggest requesting a cutting to test. We will reserve the appropriate yardage. The cutting will be large enough to hand gather together in order to determine the true color.


NATURAL COLORS



Many fabrics with the color name "Natural" are unbleached, so you can expect to see brown specks and colored threads in the weave. They are naturally random and inconsistent. This is the nature of the goods, not flaws in the fabric.


SILKS

Variations in dyelots, flaws, slubs, and shading within the same piece, as well as between different pieces are considered part of the natural beauty of silk. This may not be acceptable to everyone. We suggest interlining window treatments made with silk.


PLAIDS



Both woven and printed plaids have a tendency to run biased (not squared) and may appear bowed. Custom treatments with straight edges (ie: shades, drapes) may not be possible. In more casual settings, the fabric distortion can become part of the theme.


TUMBLED OR WASHED GOODS


Some fabrics have been laundered, washed, or tumbled to soften the hand and give the woven pattern loft. Please be aware that goods treated in this way may have greater tha n normal variation in dyelots, width, repeat size and pattern match. Washed and laundered goods may have bowing and biasing in the width and/or length of the goods.


CRINKLED OR CRUSHED GOODS



Due to the uneven surface caused by the random crush on these fabrics, products made of crinkled or crushed fabric will not finish with a crisp look. The crinkles may also relax slightly due to weight and time, creating uneven hems. Puddling of drapery with these fabrics is recommended.


UNUSUAL FABRICS & TRIMS

Some fabrics and trims cannot be fabricated by machine or may require additional procedures that we are not aware of until we begin fabrication of your treatment. These exceptions may include beaded, sequined or raffia goods and other applied trims. We will advise you of any added charges or anticipated problems before we proceed.


FABRICATION TECHNIQUES

Our workroom craftspeople may change fabrication features during production to achieve the best look for the fabric and product. For example: In some cases, adhesive may be used instead of stitching to create a better finished product.


DYE LOTS

Dye lots can vary from shipment to shipment. For this reason, we cannot guarantee an exact match to our sample books. If a color match is critical, we request a cutting for you to see from that piece for approval. We send lots of samples - so the procedure is very routine.


SHRINKING, STRETCHING & FADING

No fabric is completely dimensionally stable. Atmospheric and environmental conditions may cause shrinking or stretching. Although the fabric houses use very good dyes, fabrics are not guaranteed against color fading due to excessive exposure to sunlight or other atmospheric conditions. Lining selection can go a long way toward ensuring long-lasting window treatments.


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