What is it?

I Like to know

I like to look things up, investigate, find out exactly what is it? where did it come from? what was it's original intended purpose? That is what you'll find on this page and (for me) a place to log the things I'm curious about.
If you're my age :) you might remember Hop sack fabric from the '60s. I can remember making a suit out of floral Hop Sack material, I was so proud of it! I made a jacket, skirt and pants and I was in Junior High when I did it :D and, yes the picture is me in the 8th grade.

So my thinking is this...we have gone mad with burlap and decided we like the texture and novelty of putting something so utility with everything from our home decor to lace and weddings....but we can't really wear it.

How do we enjoy rich texture in that simple weave...in a complex way? Hop Sacking! It's like a canvas but softer, it has a rough, even weave and made of either wool or cotton (other fibers can be added but traditionally...).

I looked around on-line and found some beautiful examples of vintage Hop Sacking. The one on the left is (probably) cotton and the one on the right wool.


I used a Cotton Sateen sheet for a quilt backing and it led me to wonder:

SATIN is actually a weave, the best being woven of silk. The most used, easy to find and very versatile is Poly-Satin which is (simply) a polyester fabric in a satin weave. (Technically speaking) Warp yarns are floated over weft yarns, four over and one under. (In a weft-faced satin or sateen, the weft yarns are floated over the warp yarns.) Standard plain weaves use a one-over, one-under structure. The long floats produce a smooth surface to the touch and produce a shine to the surface. Cotton sateen is used for comfort and drape, it makes lovely blouses, very comfy sheets and other bedding. Below are just a couple examples (from Google pics) of what how cotton sateen can be used.

The Free Dictionary is a good place to start when investigating.

MUSLIN-is my favorite staple fabric. It is what I use for all my pillow inserts because I can work with the grain of the fabric, which means my pillows will be square and will not twist. Being able to find and work with the grain (crosswise and lengthwise threads) of a fabric will insure a sturdier, stable end result.

So, muslin is an even weave fabric. It is white or unbleached, loosely woven muslin is typically used for pattern making. Muslin sheeting is a tighter weave, meaning it has a higher thread count. It is a cotton fabric that air can pass through, so it makes comfortable garments for warmer fabrics. It is used for clothing, curtains, underlining for upholstery and draperies.

Marie Antoinette in 1783, in her famous "muslin" portrait

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