EXERCISE – New and future materials

BRIEF
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

PART 1 – NEW AND FUTURE MATERIALS RESOURCE LIST OF PRODUCTS
• 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
HEAT DISTRESSABLES or NON WOVEN FABRICS
• 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.

PART 2 – A LIST OF NEW AND FUTURE MATERIALS that are available to me (including SMART TEXTILES and UNUSUAL TEXTILES)

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
http://www.theframeworkshop.co.uk
• 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.
1. APPAREL TEXTILES
• Ceremonial Parade wear
• Blazer fabric
• Academic/University Scarf Cloth
• Hats/Caps/Badges
• Military Regalia
• Civil Tailors
• Authentic Costume Fabrics
• Re-enactment Fabrics
2. INTERIOR 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
3. TECHNICAL AND INDUSTRIAL TEXTILES
• 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

PART 3 – A LIST OF PROCESSES THAT ARE AVAIALBLE TO ME FOR HOME USE.
Many of the processes that we usually think about for normal materials (from organic origin) can be used for these products also.
Dyeing
• 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.

Printing
• 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).
PART 4 – HAVE ADDED SUPPLIER DETAILS TO SPREADSHEET

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