Tag Archives: Satin Weave


Part of the ‘Antique Fabrics’ series, this fabric isn’t necessarily extinct, but it was more popular in the past than the present. A heavy crepe fabric, with a more prominent texture than average. The fabric features distinctly wavy ridges along the warp. I’ve seen it referred to a lot in my 19th century catalog reproductions,… Read More »


Part of the ‘Antique Fabrics‘ series, this fabric isn’t necessarily extinct, but it was more popular in the past than the present. AKA poult-de-soie, and paduasoy  A fine-corded silk fabric, made in a plain weave, but because of it’s semi-lustrous appearance, it can be mistaken for a satin weave. Quite luxurious. It’s still in use today for evening… Read More »


Oh boy, another HUGE term. Why? Because jacquard is a type of weaving, but the term has also come to mean the fabric produced by that weave. By the way, if you’re a computer geek, look up jacquard looms. Some folks maintain they were the first computers. They revolutionized the textile industry back in the… Read More »


Satin is recognizable for having a shine on the correct side and a dull “wrong” side. The shiny finish is accomplished by using a weaving technique whereby the weft threads (subtitle: the threads that run perpendicular to the selvedge edge) skip over the top of several of the warp threads, rather than going under every… Read More »


Charmeuse is a satin-weave fabric in which the weft threads float over three or more warp threads at a time. It’s different from satin in that it uses a different ratio of warp to weft threads (over and under) than satin does. Wonderful. What does that mean? That means charmeuse is a lightweight, shiny, slippery fabric, with a… Read More »


Brocade is a non-stretch woven fabric which features a repeated pattern or motif which is “floated” above the warp threads in a satin-style weave. The pattern can be felt by hand, as it’s raised above the background. The intention is to make those patterns appear as if they’ve been embroidered on to the fabric.  The fiber… Read More »