This chapter asks that we start by making a collection of different types of fabric in white or natural colours and identify them in terms of the fabric type [fibre content] and description of their structure e.g. thick, thin, see through, stretchy etc.
I started with cottons, cotton loose weaves and even weaves.
Followed by Woollen and silk fabrics:
Man made fabrics:
The next task was to note how a selection from each category behaved on:
- comparison of hold or stretch along the straight grain or bias,
- nature of the frayed edge, on both the straight grain and the bias.
I made a chart to document these starting with cottons:
And Man made:
And last but not least Support fabrics:
Tricky to photograph but top headings should read rug mesh, Bondaweb, iron on Vilene, Solufleece, Decovil and Stitch 'n tear.
Here are some experimental samples - please cross reference with the chart above for more information.
Fraying the straight grain and on the bias.
Firstly cotton and silk:
And man made:
Experiments with burning [cottons]
Nets and woollens: