EXERCISE – New and future materials

1 – Compile a resource list of new and future materials
2 – Make a 2nd list of materials which may be accessible to me as a textile practitioner.
3 – Make a list of processes that may be available to me as a textile practitioner.
4 – Add details to supplier list

• Elastic thread
• Fine coloured wire – ( but as coated it is not conductive)
• Knitted coloured wire – ( but as coated it is not conductive)
• Plastic tubing
• Moulding Mesh
Angelina family
• Angelina
• Crystalina fibres
• Fusible film
• Non bonding Angelina
• Smart film /chameleon film – has holographic properties. Not to be confused with fusible film from Angelina family
• Scoubidou “thread”
• Rubber tubing
• Sheet rubber
• Neoprene “material”
• Heat re-active sheet or Liquid Crystal “fabric” – responds to warmth. plastic film with thermo chromatic liquid crystal ink – not usually used for textiles as gelatin coating dissolves in water (washing) or with moisture from skin
• Fastenings – hook and loop variations etc
• Zippers – large and small
• Glow in the dark thread “Nite lite” – 6 hours usage
• Glow in the dark thread – 6 colours.
• Solar active thread – changes in sunlight
• Solvon – soluble thread
• Faraday film – transparent conductive film
• Hemp batting – “smart material” effective thermal insulation material
• Electrolycra conductive fabric
• Electronylon (copper) conductive fabric
• Transfoils
• Mul-tex – laminated mulberry fibre.
• Tyvek – fabric 43gsm
• Tyvek paper – 55/75/105gsm
• Lutradur Light weight – 30
• Lutradur Light weight – 70 white
• Lutradur Light weight – 70 black
• Lutradur Light weight – CS500 Crash (crushed)
• Lutradur Medium weight – 100 white
• Lutradur Heavy Weight – 130 white
• Lutradur – black
• Lutradur XL (pelmet weight)
• Crystal spunbond – latest spunbond
• Crystal spunbond ultrafine – latest spunbond
• Evolon
• Zeelon – 3 weights, light, medium, heavy – new heat distressible “fabric”
• Kunnin Felt – plain colours, embossed, tie dye, glitter – all distressable with heat gun
• Lamifix – iron on clear plastic to protect delicate fabric but can be used with transfer paints.
• Solufleece – stabiliser for free machine embroidery
• Xpandaprint (or Puff paint) – black and white
• Polyshrink – black , clear, opaque – plastic printable sheet with certain inks and can be shrunk for embellishments
• Polyester fabric
• Reflective fabric – as in HV yellow
Vilene family – not the lightweight bondable versions but the heavier weight ones to paint and stitch.
• Pelmet vilenne
• Craft Vilene – in lots of colours
• Vilene
SMART (responsive) materials – see GCSE BITESIZE PRINTOUT
• Lycra – trademark
• Thinsulate – trademark
• Carbon fibre fabric
• Kevlar
• Teflon coated fabrics
• Gore-tex- trademark
• Stomax – bio-mimetic textiles ( mimics nature)
• Speedo fatskin – bio-mimetic textile ( mimics shark skin)
• Outlast – phase changing fabric ( cools you when you are hot and vice versa)
• Medicinal textiles – Alginate. Trade name KALSTOSTAT. These contain dried seaweed that has been processed to sodium alginate and developed into fabrics such as wound dressings as they are hyper-absorbent. 20 times more than traditional bandages.
• Medicinal textiles – Micropake is an x-ray detectable yarn to locate swabs after surgery !
• Geo-textiles – “textiles” used for erosion control, for soil stabilisation, reinforcement, separation and drainage.
• Responsive materials
• Photochromic materials – changes reversibly with light intensity changes. Colourless in dark places and colour appears with sunlight.
• Thermochromic materials – changes reversibly with changes in temperature.

E-textiles – electronics and conductive accessories/haberdashery
• Conductive rip stop fabric
• Conductive tape
• Conductive thread
• Conductive paint – pot and a pen.
• LED strip board – white and single colours
• Small LEDS, white and single colours. Static and flashing – for e-textiles
• Battery cells – for e-textiles
• Sparkle kits – kits to engineer flashing sequences.

Other interesting products
• UV paint – Glow in the dark paint
• UV materials
• Light sensitive paint
• Bondaweb/Misty Fuse/FuseFX – All spun glue sheet activated by heat but can be painted for effects before applying to fabric.


Rather than list all the above mentioned products again ( as I believe I would be able to get all of them from one source or another) I have identified and listed below the suppliers that I would be most likely to use to get my chosen products from. They will all supply these products to me as a designer at home i.e. not a trade customer. They are fabrics that are perhaps “smart” or not usually on the high-street and are “specialist” and so used out of context. Many of the new fabrics are not even perhaps fabrics as we would normally know them.
http://www.mutr.co.uk –all sorts of smart and modern materials. Textiles like gore-tex and Kevlar but also conductive thread and fabrics. Inc Electrolycra conductive fabric Electronylon (copper) conductive fabric and more.
http://www.relchron.com small electronics and conductive thread and textiles for e-textiles, lilypad small electronics for e-textiles
http://www.kitronik.co.uk – small fashion friendly electronics for all e-textile uses – as used in workshop at Knit and Sticth 2012
http://www.starscape.co.uk – have fibre optic kits £180 approx plus other fibre otpics and technical items.
http://www.amazon.co,uk – conductive rip stop fabric and other stuff – search conductive
http://www.nid-noi.com – spunbond 4 weights pack, evolon, tyvek, lutradur
http://www.spunart.com – all spunbond materials in all weights
http://www.gallerytextiles.co.uk – all new “fabrics” plus new heat distressables like Zeelon, Crystal spunbond – normal and fine. Lutradur XL (pelmet weight)
http://www.sewessential.co.uk – 6 different colour glow in the dark thread, different to the Nite Glow thread.
http://www.fredaldous.co.uk – various
http://www.craftynotions.com – coloured craft Vilene, puff paint in black and white. Huge selection of Angelina family items. Knitted coloured wire. Moulded mesh.
http://www.colourcraftltd.com – good range of Angelina family – actual photographs.
http://www.georgeweil.com – various
http://www.thebeetroottree.com – lutradur – black and white, other heat distressibles and vast range of other textiles supplies. Fine stainless steel “fabrics”.
http://www.artvango.co.uk – practically everything I could need.
http://www.crazywireco.co.uk – selection of moulded mesh fabrics and coloured wires. Not sure if these conduct but can be sewn into textiles.
http://www.gillsew.co.uk – various
http://www.yarnsandfabrics.co.uk – different weights of Lutradur and Zeelon.
http://www.online-fabrics.co.uk – high street style fabrics inc Lycra in all sorts of colours
http://www.fabricuk.com – leatherette vinyls. PVC, Headlining fabric, FR fabrics, ink jet receptive, waxed, rip stop and more.
http://www.barnyarns.co.uk – fusibles and Lutradur
• all weights of Tyvek and Lutradur in sample A4 packs. Tyvek – fabric 43gsm
• Tyvek paper – 55/75/105gsm
• Kunin felt – plain, embossed, tie dye, glitter
http://www.yarnsandfabrics.co.uk – Lutrdur 25/30/100/130. Evolon and Evolon soft, Zeelon light, medium, heavy.
http://www.rainbowsilk.co.uk – Mul-tex, Lutradur etc
http://www.hilltop-products.co.uk – neoprene tubing, large quantities only 50m £30 but large range of colours.
http://www.beadaddicts.co.uk – tubing for jewellery making. Needs to be flexible.
http://www.hainsworth.co.uk – They supply all the following items;- not sure at this point what or is I would use.
• Ceremonial Parade wear
• Blazer fabric
• Academic/University Scarf Cloth
• Hats/Caps/Badges
• Military Regalia
• Civil Tailors
• Authentic Costume Fabrics
• Re-enactment Fabrics
• Interior Collection
• Floor Coverings
• Restoration
• Car Headlining
• Billiard/Snooker & Pool Cloth
• Printed Billiard/Snooker & Pool Cloth
• Billiard/Snooker & Pool – Accessories
• Gaming & Card Table Cloth
• Cabinet & Gun Case Lining
• Table Coverings
• Notice Boards
• Cashmere Blankets
• Lambswool & Cashmere Blankets
• Merino Blankets & Throws
• Pure New Wool Blankets & Throws
• Hotel Blankets
• Hainsworth Equestrian Blankets
• Printing Blankets
• Archive Printers Blankets
• Polishing Textiles
• Woollen Bakery Belting
• Shotgun Wadding Fabric
• Laboratory Testing Machinery Fabric Consumables
• Textiles used with manufacturing processes and manufactured components
• Firefighters PPE Fabric
• Public Order Coverall Fabric
• Body Armour Covers
• EOD/De-mining Fabric
• Flight Suit Fabrics
• Industrial Coverall Fabric
• Hot Air Balloon Fabric
• Breathing Apparatus Kit Bags/Covers
• Piano Cloth/Felt
• Woodwind Cloth/Felt
• Natural Legacy

Many of the processes that we usually think about for normal materials (from organic origin) can be used for these products also.
• low emersion dyeing
• snow dyeing
• ice cube dyeing
• Shibori
• Tie-dye
• Starch resists – potato dextrin / flour paste etc.
• rust dyeing
• Natural dyes – plants and indigo etc.

• screen printing / thermo fax printing with pigments/thickened procian/ thermo chromic inks
• Deconstructed screen printing
• Block printing – Indian carved wood stamps
• Printing – Hand cut stamps – erasers/ lino
• Printing – monoprinting
• Printing with Discharge paste ( if pre-dyed ?)
• Printing with sunlight/UV – sun sensitive inks or Cyanotypes

Resist – painted on
• Batik
• Soy wax
• Direct painting – thickened or normal procian dyes
• Digital (ink jet) printing through printing bureaus – needs further investigation.
• Stencilling

Heat treatments with heat responsive materials
• Shrinking / distorting – for Tyvek/ Polyshrink
• Melting – for Kunin felt, Lutradur
• Welding/fusing – for layers of organza or Tyvek/Lutradur
• Burning – with soldering iron

Transfer printing
• using disperse dyes with iron or a heat press
• using Gum Arabic / medium with printed images
• Devore – would need to experiment to be sure about this technique
• Laminating – bonding pictures to silk organza or nylon using gel mediums
• Laminating – using gel mediums/acrylic waxes / waxing/resins/oiling to add lustre or transparency.
• Laminating – trapping in transparent products/acetate sheets/transparent materials ( Angelina – materials like net and organza)
• Needle punch felting – by hand or using an embellisher
• Wet felting
• E – textiles – e.g. LED’s and fibre optics
• Sewing – hand or machine
• Embroidery – hand or machine
• Couching – threads/fabric strips/items
• Fabric manipulation – twisting, folding etc.
• Applique
• Slashing
• Quilting
• Surface embellishment – beads/sequins
• Weaving – handmade loom or purpose made
• Weaving – peg loom
• Knitting – different sized needles
• Crochet – with fabric strips / wire etc.

It’s quite a list. At this point I am not sure if I want to learn more about E- textiles ( but feel sure the subject is vast and I would only scrape the surface and therefore feel frustrated ) or should I investigate textural possibilities of weaving and/or stitching ( so my chosen process) the heat distressable “fabrics” like Angelina /Lutradur etc with wires (my chosen products).

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