Have you ever considered just where all these fabrics come from or how it all began? Since man learned to skin his first animal and woman learned how to plait reeds, home fashion design has been in existence. Clothing has been with man since the beginning as soon as he figured out that the animal’s skin was there for warmth. The textile industry had its start when women realized they wanted something new for their wardrobe than those same old furs.
How the first cloth was created took a genius artist to figure out. It was painstaking. Placing animal hairs at 90 degree angles and applying agitation to them caused them to join together and produced felt. This pleased the woman who now had a soft pliable material to dye with the berry of her choice and stand out in the crowd. Of course, the tribal leader’s wife would have claimed it right away, leaving the poor genius artist to go back to the painstaking process all over again. Hopefully, she shared her secret quickly and there were lots of hands to help, allowing everyone to have lighter, tighter fitting material to cover them.
This led to breeding sheep, which had long straight hair at first, great for creating felt but not as warm as wool. Somewhere along the line, one of these sheep produced a shorter hair with a crimp in it. Fascinated by this and the material that it was producing, the farmer began to breed this type of sheep into the wooly type we know today. This allowed another genius to graduate from pounding felt into being able to produce a short yarn and develop a type of early knitting, probably with a short bone needle.
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In the meantime, their mates were figuring out how to make fish nets with plant fibers twisted together but that just wouldn’t hold up for clothing. Disappointed but not despairing, women continued to find a better use for their rope material, making baskets and hangars, mats and bedding from their newly discovered plant fibers. They even managed to make it so thick that they could build bridges and fences from it. Thus began the home design and décor industry that even today continues to find creative uses for man-made and natural materials in our personalized abodes. It has now evolved into a myriad of colors, textures, styles and materials in fabrics that can be as whimsy or as practical (sometimes both) as a person could desire.
Every home is different. People are attracted to different styles and colors throughout their lifetime. Whether this is a conscious choice for comfort and practicality or a subconscious need to surround one’s self with certain textures and colors for more sublime reasons is debatable. What is known is that we do like to change things up every once in a while and that can be as simple as replacing a fabric on a pillow or changing out a seat cushion that is getting worn. It can also be as complex as replacing everything in a room but one fact cannot be altered: You need a good upholstery fabric store that specializes in upholstery grade fabrics to find something to use that will last through rubs and bangs of daily life. Or you could just put up a velvet cord and only let people come in to admire your handiwork on special occasions but that leads to cramped living space. So practicality and beauty have to go hand in hand.
So now you are ready to do a project. You have an idea and you now face the hardest part of the journey to the end of your dream. It is time to go hunt down what you are imagining. This usually involves a great deal of research (if it is a big project) and possibly the aid of a good decorator! But maybe that is beyond your budget or you are an ultimate do it yourselfer. Let’s hope you are not pondering making your own fabric. When one enters a good upholstery fabric store , it can be overwhelming. You come prepared, budget in hand, color and texture in mind. Or maybe this is a first scouting venture that is simple exploration. What is available that fits? What IS my budget going to need to be??
As your research has already paid off in directing you to this discount fabric center, you have made a good first choice. Our company first became interested in fabrics when we needed to cover our wrought iron barstools. We quickly realized there was no ‘one stop shop’ for fabrics that were good for seating and we had to start from scratch, collecting the materials that we liked and would endure on our benches and stools.
Faux leather we loved for its practicality and ease of handling when making the seats. The textured fabrics had to pass a rigorous standard in order to qualify for seating and possible on the spot cleaning. Specialty fabrics such as Southwestern themes and plaids were hard to find but we collected, researching quality and availability until we now have many options to offer. Different avenues now include animal prints and even faux animal hides which we love!
This wholesale fabric center can meet many of your needs when it comes to upholstery fabrics with availability for projects both large and small and excellent pricing. Enjoy your stay with us today and please, contact us with any questions you may have.
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