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Fabric Properties

Fabric properties are the characteristics of a specific fabric. Properties of woven fabrics are very different to properties of knitted fabrics. Build up your knowledge of these properties, to ensure that you always choose the right textile for your project.

When looking at basic properties of fabric, there are certain features which are necessary to consider; breathability, weight, drape, durability, softness, construction and whether it is a water-repellent fabric.

Most fabrics fall into 2 categories, when it comes to their construction properties; woven and knitted. A textile’s specific properties and appearance are affected by not only what type of yarn was used to make it, but how it was constructed. Properties of woven fabrics differ greatly to properties of knitted fabrics. Where one is made up of woven wefts and warps, the other is made by looping them. This difference in construction gives both fabric types completely different characteristics.

Properties of natural fabrics make them a popular choice for many DIYers, whether it is for making clothing, furnishings, accessories, upholstery or anything else. Their natural beauty, sustainable background and durability lends themselves to a wide range of varied projects.

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