All About Home Textiles

Quilts: Stitched vs. Pinsonic

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Quilts: Stitched vs. Pinsonic

Traditionally quilts are known as fabrics pieced in geometric formations stitched to a backing with fill in-between. However, quilts can also be made with solid lengths of fabric and can also be connected in other techniques besides stitching such as the use of heat. Quilts usually have three layers of material: the face fabric, the fill or batting in the middle and then additional fabric for the reverse. Stitched quilting can be done either by hand or machine and the layers are connected with stiches done in either thread or yarn. The stitching is not only functional (keeping the layers together)...

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Woven vs. Knit

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Woven vs. Knit

Fabrics are a product of various textile techniques that utilize yarns or groups of yarns interacting with themselves or each other to create a complete textile. The way in which these yarns interact with each other determines their category. There are three main categories of techniques used to produce fabric: Woven, Knit and Non-woven. Non-woven fabrics are made out of fibers either pressed or matted together such as bark cloth and felt. For soft home products such as comforters, duvet covers and sheets woven and knit are two the most commonly found fabrics in the market. Woven fabrics are made...

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Yarn Dyed Woven vs. Printed

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Yarn Dyed Woven vs. Printed

Patterns can be created or applied to textiles in many different ways. Two of those methods are through weaving and printing. Prints are applied to the surface of the fabric after the fabric is woven. Prints can be applied to fabrics in a variety of methods, a few of which will be discussed in another upcoming article, so stay tuned! In yarn dyed designs, the design is created during the weaving process. Due to the more complicated production process yarn dyed designs tend to cost more than printed items.  However, there are some prints which are designed to create the...

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Percale vs. Sateen

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Percale vs. Sateen

There are several different weaves used in the world of Sheets. The two most common are percale and sateen.  However, before exploring what these are and the differences between them, here are some details about their structure. Percale and Sateen are types of weaves; woven fabrics are made up of two sets of yarns interlacing with each other to create a textile. The two sets of yarns are known as the warp and the weft. The warp is the set of yarns that run vertically and the weft are the yarns that run horizontally. The two below diagrams show examples...

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Comforters vs Duvet Covers

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Comforters vs Duvet Covers

When it comes to bedding there is no shortage in options to choose from. Comforters and Duvet Covers are two of the most common and are perfect for layering, decorating and keeping warm. Comforters are most commonly used in the US. They are thick covers usually filled with synthetic fibers, most commonly poly-fill. Not all comforters are quilted, some have invisible tacking or tacking only on the reverse which allows you to enjoy the full design or pattern. However, due to their size  and the fact that the outer layer is not removable comforters can be a hassle to wash....

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