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Manufactured and Synthetic Fibers

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Manufactured and Synthetic Fibers

Manufactured/Manmade fibers are fibers that go through chemical processing to be solubilized and then run through a spinneret to form yarns. The spinneret is like a shower head, the solution passes though one end and comes out the other as yarn. This process is called extrusion; different opening shapes in a spinneret determine the shape of the fibers that come out. The shape can effect fiber size, behaviour and appearance. Manmade fibers from cellulosic sources such as wood pulp should not be confused with natural cellulosic fibers such as linen, hemp, or cotton. To read more on natural fibers read...

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Natural Fibers

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Natural Fibers

There are natural, manufactured and synthetic fibers. Natural fibers are derived directly from natural sources. In this category there are cellulosic and protein fibers. Cellulosic fibers are derived from plants for example linen and cotton whereas protein fibers come from animals for example silk and wool. In upcoming posts we will dive into the various types of wool and discuss manufactured/manmade and synthetic fibers, so stay tuned!   Linen Linen is one of the oldest textiles fibers used by humans throughout history. Linen is a long staple, cellulosic bast fiber as it is derived from the stalks of the flax...

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Basic Woven Structures

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Basic Woven Structures

There are three main categories of techniques used to produce fabric: woven, knit and non-woven. The way in which yarns interact with themselves or each other determines the category.  Woven fabrics are made up of two sets of yarns interlacing with each other. The two sets of yarns are known as the warp and the weft. The warp is the set of yarns that run vertically along the loom and the weft are the yarns that run horizontally. Some of the basic weaves are Plain Weave, Sateen, Satin, Twill and Basket. Thread Count Often, you may see thread count (or TC) mentioned...

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Cotton

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Cotton

A fiber is the smallest division of a thread or yarn. Thread is an assemblage of fibers/filaments into a continuous strand to be used for fabric construction via weaving or knitting for example. Whereas thread is a subset of yarn that is stronger, always plied (multiple strands), finished and used for sewing. There are staple fibers(short) and filament fibers(long/continuous). There are different types of fibers, and under the natural fiber category there are cellulosic and protein fibers. Cellulosic fibers are derived from plants and protein fibers from animals for example wool, silk, and hair/fur. Some of the common traits found...

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Quilts and Throws

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Quilts and Throws

Throws and Quilts are very versatile and can be used on their own or layered based on the desired look or amount of warmth need based on the time of year. Throws can also act as perfect accent pieces adding  a touch of texture or pop of color! Our Brielle Home Darren 100% Cotton Waffle Blanket  is works for all seasons, and looks great both on its own and layered (like in the image below with our Lacy comforter). It is garment dyed and garment washed for a soft hand feel as well as pre-shrunk to reduce the amount of...

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