Available from Spotlight by the metre in a wide range of weights, these plain-weave fabrics make for sensational lightweight and breathable clothing!
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Learn Your Fabrics: What Is Muslin?
Muslin is a woven material made from cotton fabric fibres. Since the material has a plain weave, it is remarkably affordable and has numerous applications, this ranges from fashion design to countless home crafting projects. If you would like to learn more about muslin, please read the information below.
Where Does Muslin Fabric Come From?
The original fabric came from Bangladesh, but it has been around for an exceptionally long time. In fact, muslin has been a valuable commodity throughout the ages, as it is one of the first fabrics in human history.
Since muslin has such a history, it is no surprise that there are various types of muslin out three. Each of these types has its own advantages, which should be known by crafters who constantly work with different kinds of fabric.
What Are The Different Types Of Muslin?
Muslin can come in various weights, patterns, and styles, so it is much more than a fabric that is used by fashion designers to test patterns. Here are some of the most common types of muslin that can be obtained worldwide.
Muslin gauze: This is the lightest type of muslin and it has application in the crafting world as well as first aid. Yes, muslin gauze is often used as a wound dressing, this thanks to its light characteristics and antibacterial properties.
In the crafting world, muslin gauze is a great option for clothing. It can be used to add a bit more volume or even some decorative accents on garments. In some cases, it is used to test patterns before they are made with another fabric.
Mull muslin: Much like gauze, mull is a lightweight muslin fabric. This type of muslin can be made from either cotton or silk, which certainly enables some interesting applications. Fashion designers use it to add weight to their designed garments, but it can also be used to change the structure of clothing. Like gauze, it also has applications for pattern testing.
Swiss muslin: You can immediately recognise Swiss muslin by its sheer look. It also has a raised texture which stands out considerably from the other types of muslin. Because of its unique characteristics, fashion designers use this particular muslin in summer clothing designs.
Sheeting muslin: When you are looking for the thickest type of muslin, then you are looking for so-called sheeting. Because of its thickness, sheeting is often used in the creation of home decorations and homewares.
Can I Use Muslin For Quilting?
We discussed many applications for muslin in fashion design, so it is only natural that many of Spotlight's customers wonder if it has applications for quilting too. The short answer to this question is yes because muslin can be used for the backing of your quilt.
Even though muslin can be used in all types of quilts, the material is mainly popular for heirloom quilts. Heirloom quilts are quilts that need to stand the test of time, as they are often passed down from generation to generation. Since muslin is extremely durable, it is the perfect material for this kind of quilt.
What Are The Less Known Applications For Muslin?
Muslin may play a more prominent role in your life, because the material is useful in a countless number of industries. One of these applications is theatre decorating, as muslin dyes well and is therefore the perfect material for theatre backdrops and sets.
In addition to the theatre, you can also find muslin cloth in the cheesemaking industry. To separate the whey from the cheese curd, cheesemakers will pour curdled milk through a special muslin cloth first. While this process has become more automatic in recent years, homemade cheese is still made in this manner. You can also find some artisanal cheesemakers that still use this method.
Finally, muslin is also used in surgery, including in heart surgery. So, muslin is a valuable contribution to our world that goes far beyond crafting!
Find The Right Muslin In The Spotlight Catalogue
Do you need some muslin for a crafting application? Or maybe you need muslin for another purpose? Whichever it may be, you are bound to find the muslin you need in the Spotlight catalogue.