Materials: Fabric

Sometimes, you might want o use a fabric in your stationery design, and obviously this will mainly be the same as buying clothes. However, some are a little more specialised, or will have particular uses or preferecnces regarding stationery design

 

Often, fabric is cut or torn into strips to be used as an alternative to ribbon; however, it can also be used in larger pieces as a background to other design elements. These are the main ways that you would use fabric on your wedding stationery, and all of the fabrics listed below can be used in this way

 

Hessian/Burlap

Very popular for  rustic weddings, this coarsly woven, rough material is brown in colour, 'hairy' and has a distinctive (although not unleasant) aroma. It's essentially sackcloth, so if you think back to sack races at school, you're in the right area

 

Cotton and PolyCotton

Finely woven, generally smooth. Often has a pattern printed on it. Sometimes a polyester/cotton blend, although this tends to be lower quality than 100% cotton, and less suitable for torn effects (pure cotton has a soft, even edge, and is easy to tear, whereas polycotton is tougher and more difficult to tear, resulting in an edge that is more likely to have uneven threads. Polycotton fibres also tend to remain more pronounced than pure cotton, which has a lovely, almost fuzzy finish to the torn edges). If you are not going for the frayed look, hiding the cut edges by wrapping it around card which is then adhered to the design is a great option; or, to cut more complicated shaped, getting an iron-on backing like WonderWeb ( see below)

 

Linen

Slightly coarser than cotton. Also more expensive

 

Silk

Tears beautifully, feels smooth and warm. More expensive option

 

Lace

Patterns are created along the length of the fabric using holes in the weaving. Available in all sorts of colours, but most common in white, ivory and cream. Often made in nylon or polyester, the best quality lace is made of cotton, however this is the most expensive option. Like printed ribbon, make sure you tell your stationer what items you will be ordering at the start, as it can be difficult to match it later.

 

 

WonderWeb

Technically not a fabric, but can be used to prevent fraying and to make cutting complicated shapes from fabric easier

 

A kind of low-melt glue mesh which stiffens the fabric. WonderWeb is a brand name for this kind of adhesive, as is BondaWeb. Even if these two brands are not available at the craft shop/haberdashers, if you ask for either of these the shop assistant will probably be able to advise of an alternative.

 

Wonderweb etc. comes in large sheets between 2 protective layers of paper; you cut a pice roughly the correct size for the fabric you will be working with, remove one of the protecctive pieces of paper to reveal the glue mesh, lay it glue side down on the back of the fabric, and iron gently with a low heat to melt the glue onto the fabric. You can then cut more intricate shapes from the fabric without the fear of it fraying.

If you want, you can then  remove the remaining protective piece of paper and iron the fabric shape onto another pice of fabric before stitching round the edge

 

There should be instructions available when you purchase Wonderweb which will tell you more accurately how to use the product, and which materials are/are not suitable to use it with

 

 

 

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