November 27, 2017
When I started designing for my pillows collection, I wasn’t very familiar with the various fabrics offered. Poly, cotton, faux linen? I’ve ordered pillows in each of these fabrics and there’s definitely a difference between them. So, let’s talk about the fabrics.
First of all, let’s talk about “twill.”
Twill is both a weave and a fabric.
This is twill:
In a twill weave technique, the textile fibers are woven to form diagonal parallel ridges—if you look closely, you can see the diagonal lines in the fabric. The direction of these ridges can go left to right, right to left or in a combination of both directions—as found in herringbone twill.
A twill weave
Herringbone twill weave
Twill Fabric is heavier than regular polyester materials with a more structured form, giving the fabrics even more durability and wrinkle resistance.
Twill fabric can feature one type of fiber or be a fabric blend.
A polyester cotton twill blend is a great material for pillows and seat cushion covers. It’s lightweight and hugs the pillow or cushion form nicely.
What is Spun Poly?
Spun Poly, known also as Spun Polyester, is made by spinning 100% polyester fibers into yarns.
Some of the benefits of spun polyester fabric:
What is Faux Linen?
Faux linen is made up of a mixture of polyester and a lesser amount of cotton. It’s a lightweight fabric perfect for window treatments and table linens. It’s more affordable than real linen and it’s easier to care for.
Here's a closeup of one of my pillows done in Faux Linen:
What is Faux Suede?
Faux suede is made from a polyester microfiber that's woven into a thin, soft, but very tough fabric. It’s not real leather made from animal hides—so,for me, this animal-friendly alternative is the way to go. Faux suede offers benefits over opting for genuine leather, such as:
I hope this mini lesson on pillow fabrics was helpful!
What do you think?
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