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What are the four types of weaves?

Weaving is a fabric manufacturing method in which two unique sets of yards are intertwined at right angles to construct a fabric. Some of the other processes are lace making, braiding, felting, and knitting.

Spotted Geometric Pattern Black Background Multicolored Velvet Upholstery Fabric JO-841

JO-841 Velvet fabric being woven, you can buy this fabric here

Weaving is considered as one of the oldest practices worldwide that are still used today. Its history was rooted during the Neolithic period. The production of woven fabrics during this time became so popular that every household created cloth for clothing or for furniture.

Bainbridge Woven Hounds Dogs Tooth Pattern In Blue Beige Colour Upholstery Fabric CTR-12 

Traditional hounds tooth fabric, still popular to this date. Older designs come back round every decade. See the fabric here

Weaving was needed expertise for the Neolithic people and eventually became a tradition. The art of weaving was developed and perfected over the centuries.

At present, it’s vital to determine the fabric weave types because they’ll decide the fabric’s comfort, durability, smoothness, and drape.

The bulk of your wardrobes and soft furnishings contain woven fabrics. All fabrics have been created through the complex method called weaving.

Modern Method Of Weaving

Modern method of weaving cloth.

What are some of the most common weaves?

There are several different patterns of weaving out there, all of which produce various fabrics. It can be difficult, however, to know the difference between some of the more well-known weaves.

Having said this, the Yorkshire Fabric Shop will provide you with a brief overview of the most popular weave patterns and how they’re created.

 

1. Plain Weave

Plain weave is the simplest weave. It’s cheap manufacturing cost, durability, and flat and tight surface make it one of the most popular weave types. To create this, every filling yarn moves alternately under and over every weft yarn.

The results of this process can resemble a checkerboard which you can see once you examine the fabric closely.

Taffeta, crepe, muslin, and organdy are some examples of this weave.

 

2. Basket Weave

A basketweave fabric is an alternative form of the plain weave. It’s also referred to as hopsack weave. This type is attained by equal extension of weft and warp threads. The finished product looks like a straw basket.

Basketweave produces a matte look and flexible construction. It’s not as sturdy as a plain weave and may shrink when washed. It’s tough to sew as well.

Dawson Basket Weave Fabric

Dawson baskeweave fabric is available from the Yorkshire Fabric Shop.

3. Twill Weave

Twill weave is among the most commonly used weaves in textile processing. Its diagonal line patterns make the twill weave easy to recognize.

This weave is created through moving the weft yarn over and under several warp yarns alternately which produce a diagonal ribbed pattern on the material’s surface.

It’s used to produce strong fabrics like gabardine, tweed, and denim.

 

4. Satin Weave

The satin weave is known for its silky and elegant appearance. Satin explains how the threads are mixed, and the yard used can be polyester or silk.

This weave is distinguished by four or more weft yarns hovering over one weft yarn or vice versa.

Satin is used nowadays for bridal gowns, evening dresses, ballet slippers, and more.

 

Quality Of The Weave

All fabrics have undergone a complex process before they reach fabric stores and your home. The art of weaving survived for thousands of years. That’s why fabrics are still present today.

Fabric's that come to Yorkshire Fabric Shop, have to be tested against the Martindale rub machine. Each fabric is tested (ground up) until it reaches a minimum 20,000 rubs. The higher the rub the better the quality of fabric, read more about the martindale machine here.

Martindale Rub Test Machine

Martindale Rub Test Machine, the higher the score the more durable the fabric.

The Yorkshire Fabric Shop offers fabulous and excellent fabrics for curtains, upholstery, and more. We also have an online store where you can place an order in the comforts of your home. We value your money and safety, so rest assured that your fabrics will reach your doorstep. You may also visit our physical store in Yorkshire where you can order bespoke Roman blinds and made to measure curtains. Shop now!

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