Fabric Reference

Fabric Reference

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For courses in Fashion Design/Production; Interior Design; Clothing and Textiles; and Visual Merchandising.

In Fabric Reference, Humphries presents a comprehensive, up-to-date guide to fabric construction and performance using an accessible, nontechnical approach. Fabric Glossary-a companion text to Fabric Reference-features one- to three-page descriptions of major "name fabrics" and categories, plus detailed listings of which fabrics are suitable for many end uses in both clothing and interiors. Over 125 main Fabric Files discuss all aspects of fabric makeup-fibers typically used, characteristics of yarn and fabric construction, plus the significance of finishing procedures, including coloring by dyeing and printing, to define some 600 names and terms.
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  • Paperback | 301 pages
  • 218.4 x 246.4 x 20.3mm | 680.4g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 0130105759
  • 9780130105752

Table of contents


1. Introduction.

Fabrics-Everyday and Extraordinary. Guide to Using This Reference. Equipment Helpful in Fabric Study. Fabrics-An Overview. Basic Terms Used with Fabrics and Fibers.

2. Textile Fibers.

Fibers are Fundamental. Textile Fibers Are Special. What's in a Name? (Generic Names). Fiber Properties. Fibers-Relative Position in World Production. Natural Fibers. Manufactured Fibers. Blending of Fibers. Fiber Identification.

3. Yarns-From Fiber To Fabric.

Yarn Types and Constructions. Yarn Classification. Yarn Notation. Spun Yarn. Continuous Filament Yarn. Novelty (Fancy or Complex-Ply). Thread.

4. Fabric Constructions.

Fabric Right Side versus Wrong Side, Face versus Back. Weaving. Knitting. Other Construction Methods Using Yarns. Fabrics Without Yarns. Fabrics Without Fibers. Compound Fabrics.

5. Finishing of Fabrics.

Role of Fabric Finishing. Finishing the Natural Fibers. Other General and Basic Finishes. "Added Value" and Special-Purpose Finishes. Application of Color-Dyeing and Printing.

6. Care of Fabrics.

Home Care. Commercial Cleaning. Dyes and Colorfastness. Brighteners: What to Expect of "Whiter than White". Care Labeling. Storage of Textile Articles.

7. Fabrics and Ecology.

Clothing as Environment. Textiles and the Environment-How Green?

8. Fabric Assessment.

Fabric Assessment-How It's Done. Standard Tests and Rating. Nontechnical Fabric Tests.

9. Metric in Textiles Use.

Origin of Metric Measurement. SI Usage. Metric in Home Sewing. Metric in Home Furnishing. Metric in Miscellaneous Textile Articles. Metric in Home Maintenance of Textile Articles. Metric in Textiles Study.

References and Resources.


Guide to Using This Glossary.
Fiber Families.
Range of Fabric Weights-Sheer to Heavy.
Fabrics According to End-Use Categories.

Notes on Using Fabric Files.
Notes on Mounting Swatches.
Fabric Files.
References and Resources.
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