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Tapestries

Tapestries

Tapestry is a heavy textile with a woven design, often made of cotton or linen blends and sometimes including gold or silver thread.

Also referred to as Jacquard, due to its woven design, tapestry is ideal for heavier upholstery projects including curtains, blinds, bed heads, wall hangings and more. At Spotlight, choose from a range of classic and contemporary tapestry designs suitable for all areas of your home, as well as for a variety of craft projects.

All tapestry fabrics are available by the metre, but remember to allow for pattern matching on larger designs.

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Can I purchase tapestry fabrics at Spotlight?

Yes, Spotlight has a range of tapestry fabrics on offer. Tapestry, sometimes also referred to as Jacquard due to its woven design, can be used for many different upholstery projects as well as for curtains, cushion covers, wall hangings, bed heads, and even tablecloths and table runners. Some people even use tapestry fabrics to make handbags and waistcoats, so let your creativity guide you when it comes to using tapestry fabrics.

What is the background of tapestry fabrics?

Tapestry is a woven fabric, often with intricate designs, and sometimes incorporating gold or silver thread for added effect. In the past, tapestries used to be large wall hangings, often depicting a story or a description of a particularly important event. Wall hangings were very popular, not only because of the way they looked but also because of their insulating properties against cold, stone walls. Tapestries have been around since the 3rd century BC, although it took until the 14th century for tapestry making to become established in Europe, where it was carried out in France and Belgium. Later, William Morris revived the style in the UK.

What types of tapestry fabrics can I purchase at Spotlight?

Here at Spotlight, find a number of different styles of tapestry fabrics, from traditional cottage style floral tapestries to contemporary tapestries with text, images and contemporary designs. It is important to keep in mind that if you are using tapestry fabric with a large design, you may need to allow extra fabric for pattern matching if your upholstered object features seams. Smaller designs usually have a smaller pattern match, although some will still need an allowance of one to two feet (30 - 60 cm) before an exact pattern match can be established.

How do I care for tapestry fabric?

Tapestry fabric can be brushed or vacuum cleaned to get rid of dust and dry dirt, and there are special fabric upholstery cleaners that can be applied to stains on tapestry fabrics. It is always worth trying a small unobtrusive patch first, to make sure there is no loss of colour when applying the chemical. Larger pieces of tapestry fabric should be dry cleaned rather than washed in a machine, as this can cause loss of shape due to the fairly loose weave of the fabric.

Does Spotlight sell other fabrics too?

Yes, if you are looking for upholstery fabrics, take a look at our ranges of plain and patterned upholstery fabrics, as well as our curtain and blind fabrics. These are just some of the many different types of fabric that Spotlight has on offer, in combination with lining fabrics, accessories, trim, sewing essentials, and more that you can find in our sewing range, to complete your upholstery or another interior design project.

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