Buy and Create Online Fabric Depot http://buyandcreate.com Unique Fabrics for Creative People Thu, 21 Aug 2014 05:09:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 How to Tell if a Fabric is Natural or Synthetichttp://buyandcreate.com/blog/how-tell-fabric-natural-synthetic?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-tell-fabric-natural-synthetic http://buyandcreate.com/blog/how-tell-fabric-natural-synthetic#comments Wed, 30 Apr 2014 13:21:35 +0000 http://buyandcreate.com/?p=2076 So you want to know how to tell if a fabric is natural or synthetic? With so many variations, blends and materials it can be pretty hard to tell if a fabric is cotton, silk, linen, wool or a polyester. Below we go over a few ways you can test your fabric yourself. The fabric […]

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So you want to know how to tell if a fabric is natural or synthetic?

With so many variations, blends and materials it can be pretty hard to tell if a fabric is cotton, silk, linen, wool or a polyester. Below we go over a few ways you can test your fabric yourself.

The fabric burn test

A fabric burn test is simply burning the edge of a fabric so see how it burns (and how the burnt fabric smells).

Just light the edge of the fabric with a match or lighter – take precautions since you’re dealing with fire, like using a fireproof container or tweezers. Let the fabric burn for a second or two and then analyze the results.

How to tell if a fabric is natural or synthetic depends on how the burnt material burns, smells and behaves after being burned.

If a fabric is 100% cotton

Cotton fabric will burn like most natural materials since it comes from a plant. The ash will be delicate and turns to dust when you touch it.

The material should also burn pretty quickly and the smell should be pretty weak like burning paper or leaves.

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photo by Stacie

If a fabric is silk

Silk fabric a natural material, but not from a plant. The fabric won’t burn quickly, but it will leave a fine ash that turns to dust if you touch it.

The silk fabric should smell like burnt hair.

how to tell if a fabric is cotton

It’s best not to wear the fabric while burn testing it.
photo by Jason Brown

If a fabric is wool

Wool is similar to silk in that it’s natural but not from a plant. It also should smell like burnt hair and will crumble on touch.

The biggest difference is that its ash is not as fine and it takes longer to ignite.

If a fabric is linen

Linen comes from a plant and burns a bit slower than cotton does. Its ash will crumble on touch.

If a fabric is synthetic

Synthetic fabrics are sometimes hard to differentiate from natural fabrics by look and feel, but behave much different in a burn test.

Most synthetic fabrics will burn like plastic when lit. The fabric will curl backwards as it burns.

The burnt fabric will also harden to a plastic-like consistency and smell like plastic as well. Did I mention it burns like plastic?

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Sometimes you see an awesome fabric but just don’t know what to do with it. Have no fear, we have some inspiration for you straight from Etsy. Some of the most interesting and trendy designs can be found on Etsy, making it a great place to find ideas before (or after) you buy your fabric.

Etsy fabric inspiration:

Pillow design ideas

A happy colored background with a very simple repeating pattern.

Etsy Fabric Inspiration

by thebluebirdshop

Combine two different fabrics for a unique look – the pattern running down the middle really stands out against the burlap.

Etsy Pillow Ideas

by Bouteillechic

Keep it simple, find a couple of colors that work well together.

by Pillowsstore

Find fabrics that come in a set & combine down the middle.

by TheHomeCentric

Just cover the pillow with a nice pattern.

by 5CHomeDecor

Use a fabric print’s whitespace to full advantage.

by 5CHomeDecor

Words (that’s it).

by KatieScarlettCo

 

Etsy Upholstery Ideas

A bright chair and pillow color combination.

by LoveatHomebyJenny

Nothing stands out more than patchwork (not easy to do).

by namedesignstudio

It’s pretty easy to make a rocking chair look good.

by RockinCushions

Use linen to achieve a vintage look.

by SamanthaandYoona

Create a prettier high chair with a colorful fabric.

by LittleCloudUK

If you’ve done anything cool with fabric & want to share, let us know! Visit our contact page to get in touch.

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6 up close, hi res fabric textures to use freely in your designs, both commercial and non-commercial. These item are either available or soon to be available for purchase at my online fabric shop, BuyandCreate.com.

Woven Silks

Woven Silks

Wool

Wool

Heavy Wool Stripes

Heavy Striped Wool

Grey Boucle

grey-boucle

Raw Green Silk

green-raw-silk

Silk Cheesecloth

cheesecloth

 

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Indian Fabric Packhttp://buyandcreate.com/blog/indian-fabric-pack?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=indian-fabric-pack http://buyandcreate.com/blog/indian-fabric-pack#comments Fri, 14 Oct 2011 10:30:51 +0000 http://buyandcreate.com/?p=1173 17 Indian Style fabric textures to use freely in both non-commercial and commercial designs. I require no attribution at all.

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17 Indian Style fabric textures to use freely in both non-commercial and commercial designs. I require no attribution at all.

Linen Paisley

Linen Paisley

Paisley Brocade

Paisley Brocade

Silk Patches

Silk Patches

Purple Paisley

Purple Paisley

Indian Voile

Indian Voile

Indian Velvet

Indian Velvet

Embroidered Paisley

Embroidered Paisley

Embroidered Squares Silk

Embroidered Squares Silk

Voile Indian Embroidery

Voile Indian Embroidery

Paisley Jacquard

Paisley Jacquard

Washed Cotton Paisley

Washed Cotton Paisley

Aqua Indian Print

Aqua Indian Print

Dark Brown Paisley

Dark Brown Paisley

Striped Emb Silk

Striped Emb Silk

Striped Geo Silk Organza

Striped Geo Silk Organza

Purple Geo Silk Organza

Purple Geo Silk Organza

Feather Silk Organza

Feather Silk Organza

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Plaid Fabric Texture Packhttp://buyandcreate.com/blog/budlee?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=budlee http://buyandcreate.com/blog/budlee#comments Fri, 14 Oct 2011 10:28:08 +0000 http://buyandcreate.com/?p=1171 12 Plaid Fabric textures to use freely in both non-commercial and commercial designs. I require no attribution at all.

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12 Plaid Fabric textures to use freely in both non-commercial and commercial designs. I require no attribution at all.

Houndstooth Wool Plaid

Houndstooth Wool Plaid

Retro 60s Tapestry

Retro 60′s Tapestry

Houndstooth Plaid

Houndstooth Plaid

Navy Wool Plaid

Navy Wool Plaid

Red Wool Plaid

Red Wool Plaid

Small Houndstooth Wool

Small Houndstooth Wool

Tan Thick Wool Plaid

Tan Thick Wool Plaid

Black Thick Wool Plaid

Black Thick Wool Plaid

Busy Wool Plaid

Busy Wool Plaid

Pink Cotton Plaid

Pink Cotton Plaid

Seersucker Plaid

Seersucker Plaid

Plaid Lycra

Plaid Lycra

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It’s Wednesday again, so that means freebies. Today’s freebies are 7 fabric textures for you to use freely in both commercial and non-commercial projects.  No attribution necessary.

 

Wavy Lines Lycra

Wavy Lines Lycra

 

Pink Nubby Stripes

Pink Nubby Stripes

Lycra Checks

Lycra Checks

 

Almost Burlap Blend

Almost Burlap Blend

 

Patchwork Print

Patchwork Print

 

Zig Zag Poly

Zig Zag Poly

 

Noelties

Novelties

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Linen Fabric Texture Packhttp://buyandcreate.com/blog/linen-fabric-texture-pack?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=linen-fabric-texture-pack http://buyandcreate.com/blog/linen-fabric-texture-pack#comments Fri, 14 Oct 2011 10:22:11 +0000 http://buyandcreate.com/?p=1167 This week’s freebie is a set of 11 linen fabrics for you to use freely in both non-commercial and commercial designs with no attribution necessary (but I wouldn’t mind a link :)).                      

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This week’s freebie is a set of 11 linen fabrics for you to use freely in both non-commercial and commercial designs with no attribution necessary (but I wouldn’t mind a link :)).

 

Linen Texture Pack

 

Indigo Plaid Linen

Indigo Plaid Linen

 

Striped Woven Linen

Striped Woven Linen

 

Nat. Blue Striped Linen

Nat. Blue Striped Linen

 

Faded Stripes Linen

Faded Stripes Linen

 

Grainy Pink Linen

Grainy Pink Linen

 

Yellow Linen

Yellow Linen

 

Orange Linen

Orange Linen

 

Dark Natural Stripes

Dark Natural Stripes

 

Light Natural Stripes

Light Natural Stripes

 

Textured Linen

Textured Linen

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Fabric Pack 7http://buyandcreate.com/blog/fabric-pack-7?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=fabric-pack-7 http://buyandcreate.com/blog/fabric-pack-7#comments Fri, 14 Oct 2011 10:19:09 +0000 http://buyandcreate.com/?p=1165 5 fabrics for you to use freely in both commercial and non-commercial designs with no attribution necessary.    

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5 fabrics for you to use freely in both commercial and non-commercial designs with no attribution necessary.

Safari Natural Print

Safari Natural Print

Blurry Stretch Poly

Blurry Stretch Poly

Abstract Burn Out Velvet

Abstract Burn Out Velvet

 

Blue Stretch Damask

Blue Stretch Damask

 

Gradient Striped Cotton

Gradient Striped Cotton

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Fabric Pack 8http://buyandcreate.com/blog/fabric-pack-8?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=fabric-pack-8 http://buyandcreate.com/blog/fabric-pack-8#comments Fri, 14 Oct 2011 10:16:32 +0000 http://buyandcreate.com/?p=1163 Today’s fabric texture pack features 10 unique fabrics from our inventory that you can freely use in commercial and non-commercial designs with no attribution necessary.              

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Today’s fabric texture pack features 10 unique fabrics from our inventory that you can freely use in commercial and non-commercial designs with no attribution necessary.

Antique Floral Velvet

Antique Floral Velvet

Iridescent Dupioni Silk

Iridescent Dupioni Silk

Cinnamon Polished Leather

Cinnamon Polished Leather

 

Multi Colored Boucle

Multi Colored Boucle

 

Med. Stripe Shirting

Med. Stripe Shirting

 

Sunflower Cotton Print

Sunflower Cotton Print

 

Multi Dots Knit

Multi Dots Knit

 

Tight Wave Brocade

Tight Wave Brocade

 

Psychedelic Print Lycra

Psychedelic Print Lycra

 

Creme Drapery Silk

Creme Drapery Silk

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Characteristics of Eye Catching Designhttp://buyandcreate.com/blog/characteristics-eye-catching-design?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=characteristics-eye-catching-design http://buyandcreate.com/blog/characteristics-eye-catching-design#comments Fri, 14 Oct 2011 10:12:03 +0000 http://buyandcreate.com/?p=1161 A quick round-up of examples for catching your audience’s attention through design. Contrast:                         Color:             Texture:             Lighting:            

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A quick round-up of examples for catching your audience’s attention through design.

Contrast:

 

 

Stanislav Katz

 

 

 

jianzwindz

 

 

 

WeeRock

 

 

 

WeeRock

 

Color:

 

 

Michal Sycz

 

 

 

stefan boublil

WeeRock

 

Brand Nu Radim Malinic

Brand Nu Radim Malinic

Texture:

 

 

vincent cadena

 

 

 

Inksurge

Fernán Etcheverry

 

Ximena Escobar

Ximena Escobar

Lighting:

 

 

Dupoux Design Inc.

 

 

 

Dupoux Design Inc.

 

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