To create…to make art…is a desire to clothe inspiration.
A great artist is but a conduit for an expression that resonates with something that is greater than him or herself. When we craft beauty, our creation is the utterance of inspiration. When we are creating, we are conduits, mediums, instruments being played to serve as inspiration to the greater good.
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HOW TO CALCULATE FABRIC YARDAGE FOR DRAPES AND CURTAINS
1. Measure from the top of your curtain rod to where you want your drapes to fall. Some people prefer drapes that end below the window, while others prefer floor-length window treatments. Write this length measurement onto your paper.
2. Measure from one end of your curtain rod to the other to determine the width of your window. This is more accurate than measuring the window itself because your rod likely extends a bit to the left and right of the actual window frame. Write the width measurement down.
3. Add 3-4 inches top & bottom (6-8″ total) to the length measurement to account for seams, a slightly stiffer header to be hung from rings and material used for sewing a rod pocket. For instance, if you need 90-inch drapes, your material will need to be 98 inches long.
4. Multiply the width measurement by 2.5 to account for the fullness needed in proper window treatments. Add 2 inches to this number to account for seams. For instance, if your width measurement is 80 inches, your lengths of material will need to add up to 202 inches wide.
5. Divide your final length measurement by 36 to determine the necessary yardage. There are 36 inches in a yard. If you need 98 inches of length, that is the same as 2.72 yards of fabric.
6. Divide your final width measurement by the width of the fabric you are purchasing. Since most upholstery material is 54 inches in width, you can estimate that you would need about four 2.72-yard lengths of it, or a total of 10.88 yards of material. Most fabric stores will simply round that up to 11 yards of material.
7. Multiply the length of each panel by the amount of panels to get your total yardage.
Thread weights are pretty confusing. There are many different ways manufacturers determine the weights and measurements of threads.
Most thread in U.S. stores print the thread weight on the spool. Some sources state that this system is actually a length system, i.e. how many meters equal one gram. However, all one needs to remember is the smaller the number the THICKER the thread. Commonly used are 12wt, 30wt, 40wt, 50wt, and 60wt. This system is not entirely dependable because one brand will have 50wt which could actually be different from another brand. We will go into greater details about these weights in the next section.
Denier relates to weight in grams of 9000m of thread. A larger number indicates a heavier thread. This is usually applied to the fineness of silk, rayon, or nylon yarns.
Thread Tex relates to weight in grams of 1000m of thread. Larger Tex numbers are heavier threads. This method is becoming more and more the new standard. Wiki Article
THREAD NUMBER STANDARD
Note: You may encounter thread that is only stamped with the number standard. This number system was developed in Japan and is known as the Gunze Count system. The number standard is used on many thinner threads and is written as No. 50 (or #50) or No. 100 (or #100). Many people confuse this with a weight measurement. The smaller the number, the heavier the thread. That part is the same as by weight. But a spool of thread stamped with No. 100 does not mean it is a 100 weight thread. One spool of thread may be stamped No. 100, another spool may be stamped 100 wt., and yet another spool of thread may be stamped 100/2. All three of these are measured using different standards and don’t assume they are similar in size.
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When comparing threads, make sure you use a consistent standard of measurement.
Generally, 40 wt =240 denier=Tex 25.
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There is no reason to talk about thread without considering needles. Generally, you match the type of needle to the fabric. Jeans needles for denim, etc. But the size of needle should correlate with your thread.
Schmetz, a leader in the sewing needle industry states that 40wt/240 denier/Tex 25 all work in a size 75/11 needle. Schmetz also advises that the diameter of the eye of the needle should be 40% larger than the diameter of the thread. A bit confusing? Yes. So in plain-talk, consider a larger needle when using threads heavier than 40wt/240denier/tex25. Consider using a smaller needle when using finer threads.
Yep you have seen it but what in the world does it mean!? We are not talking about toilet paper, but thread ply. When thread is made, the ply refers to how many strands are twisted around to make the thread. A 3-ply will be stronger then a 2-ply. You may see on a spool 50/2 or a 50/3. This means it is 50wt thread but one is 2 ply and the other is 3. This is why measuring by weight (although it is really length) is not accurate. A 50/2 will be lighter thread then a 50/3.