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74 days ago

Textile Fibres and Their Characteristics

Robert Anderson from Curtain Clean Rotorua

We are passionate about fabrics and finding the right solutions for our customers. With over 110 years of experience in the textile industry we have compiled some of this knowledge and look forward to sharing it with you over the next year through our blog series – An Educational Yarn. Our … View moreWe are passionate about fabrics and finding the right solutions for our customers. With over 110 years of experience in the textile industry we have compiled some of this knowledge and look forward to sharing it with you over the next year through our blog series – An Educational Yarn. Our first topic explores the different characteristics of textile fibres.

Textile fibres are natural or synthetic structures that can be spun into yarn. Yarns are then woven, knitted or bonded into fabric. The inherent characteristics of fibre properties directly relate to the performance and required care and maintenance of the finished fabric, therefore understanding fibres and yarns will in turn help you to understand the how to apply specific fabrics within your interior schemes.

Natural Fibres: Occurring in nature; which are of animal, vegetable/plant or mineral origin.


COTTON (Plant Origin)

• A strong fibre, even stronger when wet, cotton has good natural durability.
• Can be affected by mildew however a mildew resistant finish can be applied to reduce this issue.
• Generally has reasonable sunlight resistance but should be protected with a quality lining when used as a drapery and protected from direct sunlight when used as an upholstery.
• It is an absorbent fibre which means it can move with changing humidity levels.
• May shrink with laundering but this can be reduced through a finishing process on the fabric known as sanforising.
Sunlight resistance can be greatly reduced in acidic polluted conditions.


SILK (Animal origin; an animal fibre that comes from the silkworm. The silkworm creates its cocoon from very long silk fibres which are harvested from mulberry trees.)

• It is naturally fine in texture, and colours beautifully.
• Its biggest disadvantage in furnishing is its sensitivity to UV light degradation (direct and reflected). Due to its sensitivity, it should not be used in direct sunlight or even bright light.
• An absorbent fibre, it has the potential to move in humid environments.
• Silk is a relatively strong fibre and can withstand a certain amount of abrasion, particularly when used in conjunction with
• a backing fabric.
• Unrivalled in splendour and smoothness, silk is regarded the most exclusive of all natural fibres.

LINEN
Plant origin; derived from cellulose fibres that grow inside the stalks of the flax plant.
• As with cotton it is affected by acidic pollution.
• Can be affected by mildew which will likely cause the fibre to deteriorate over time.
• Considered to be the strongest of the natural fibres; if constructed for upholstery it is very durable, particularly when blended with up to 10% nylon.
• Is regarded as a luxury fibre because of its lustre and texture.
• It is an absorbent fibre which means it can move with changing humidity levels
• Linen has moderate sunlight resistance and should be protected by a quality lining when used as a drapery and protected from direct sunlight when used as an upholstery.



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76 days ago
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75 days ago

For sale

Sheryl from Ngongotaha

Lovely floaty floral Summer dress
Izabel Size 14
Brand New Never worn
Ruched front, tie waist, lined, looks & feels lovely on
Brought for $80 sell for $50

Price: $50

75 days ago

Poll: Do you wash chicken before cooking?

New Zealand Food Safety

Washing chicken doesn’t remove bacteria, it just spreads it around. The best way to protect your whānau from getting sick is to wash your hands and kitchen tools after touching raw chicken, and make sure you cook chicken all the way through. Juices
should run clear and there shouldn’t be any … View more
Washing chicken doesn’t remove bacteria, it just spreads it around. The best way to protect your whānau from getting sick is to wash your hands and kitchen tools after touching raw chicken, and make sure you cook chicken all the way through. Juices
should run clear and there shouldn’t be any pink meat in the centre.

Remember to Clean Cook Chill and check our easy food safety tips here.

The team at New Zealand Food Safety.
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Do you wash chicken before cooking?
  • 36% Yes I thought washing cleans it
    36% Complete
  • 64% No Chicken shouldn’t be washed
    64% Complete
125 votes
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75 days ago

Rotorua Girls' High School Senior Uniform

Delwyn from Rotorua Central

All in great condition
1 x size 16 Academic Blazer pristine new condition - badges included
1 x size 10 shirt $20
1 x size 10 (Yr 12 & 13 skirt) $40
1 x size 16 white long sleeve shirt (go under grey tunic) $5

Price: $20

87 days ago

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Saffron from Rotorua Central

Missing dogs! Western heights mountain road

76 days ago

When A Lining Is Not A Lining, But So Much More…..

Robert Anderson from Curtain Clean Rotorua

Look, we have to be honest, curtain linings are not the sort of thing that will blow your hair back with sheer delight. It’s sort of hard to get excited about a functional item like this – a bit like getting excited about a new water heater, carpet underlay, or new gutters…! It’s usually … View moreLook, we have to be honest, curtain linings are not the sort of thing that will blow your hair back with sheer delight. It’s sort of hard to get excited about a functional item like this – a bit like getting excited about a new water heater, carpet underlay, or new gutters…! It’s usually the face fabric, the star of the show at the window that brings the pizazz, colour or texture to a space, with lining tucked in behind, performing the admirable duties of light blocking and fabric protecting.


However, these are virtues to be celebrated as they help us make bolder decisions about the drapery fabrics for our spaces. They are also not what linings once were, and many now have the capacity to stand alone as a super practical drapery in their own right, heralding a new era for a previously much maligned fabric category. Prepare to have your hair blown back boys and girls…


Where to Begin: Well, it’s important to establish the purpose of the lining – is this a room you plan on sleeping in till midday? Lucky you! You will need a blackout (sometimes called a blockout), which will completely block light filtration, allowing you to sleep easy in blissful darkness.

These are used in five-star hotels, and in the homes of shift workers or young children who need to be able to sleep at any time of the day without pesky circadian rhythms waking you up from the light. Once upon a time, blackout linings were desperately practical, coming in white or off white (if you were lucky) and with a three-pass coating on the back (three layers of acrylic based flock).



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76 days ago

Reporoa college girls uniform

Syretta from Owhata

Hi I have size 14-16 girls uniform to sell. 2 x jackets, 2 x t-shirts and 3 pairs of pe shorts and pe shirt brand new from uniform shop. Pm if interested. Thanks.

Negotiable

78 days ago

Mouldy linings? We can clean that!

Robert Anderson from Curtain Clean Rotorua

Sharing some more before and after photos of font and back fabric of a mouldy curtain. These levels of mould are more common than you think. As you can see we sometimes need to take the curtain hem down to get it properly clean, which we sew back up before returning to you.

78 days ago

Is your shed the best in New Zealand?

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

There's still time to enter The Resene Shed of the Year 2021. The winner receives $3000 worth of gardening gear and the runner-up receives $1075 worth of prizes.

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80 days ago

Warning Intruders

Maria from Pukehangi - Mangakakahi

Just want to let the neighbours know, My daughter lives in Rimuvale St, last night they were disturbed about 3.00am by an unknown man in their fenced back yard, her partner chased him off the section......stay alert to strange noises

80 days ago

Learn how to lockdown-proof your business...

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

thanks to Digital Boost! We're excited to be supporting Digital Boost - a brand new online learning platform (built by The Mind Lab in collaboration with MBIE) which aims to teach small business owners the digital skills needed to excel in today’s business world. … View morethanks to Digital Boost! We're excited to be supporting Digital Boost - a brand new online learning platform (built by The Mind Lab in collaboration with MBIE) which aims to teach small business owners the digital skills needed to excel in today’s business world. Login and learn at your own pace, in your own time, or tune into the daily live Q&A sessions with industry experts! Or, get inspired by other small business owners looking to share tips on how they have successfully navigated the digital world themselves. Sign up today to become an expert in the digital tools, technologies and practices needed to secure your business a long lasting future.

PS - check out the Neighbourly session on Tuesday 22 January. Learn tips and tricks to make sure your business shines in your community.
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81 days ago

Grey's Anatomy Board Game for sale

Sheryl from Ngongotaha

Grey's Anatomy Board Game for sale
New never used $40
Pick up, or you pay P&P please

Price: $40

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81 days ago

Lino for sale

Sheryl from Ngongotaha

2× 3 M Black & white lino for sale Plus 1Litre tub Adhesive All new never used Was $250 will take $150 Pick up only please

Price: $150

84 days ago

Seed Sharing for Neighbours Day!

The Team from Neighbours Day Aotearoa

We love how creative some people are with their plant giving! This is for goodie bags for a 7 year olds party but we reckon you could borrow this wonderful idea for the Neighbours Day Aotearoa Great Plant Swap!
What a lovely gift to get and it's not just kids who love sunflowers.

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We love how creative some people are with their plant giving! This is for goodie bags for a 7 year olds party but we reckon you could borrow this wonderful idea for the Neighbours Day Aotearoa Great Plant Swap!
What a lovely gift to get and it's not just kids who love sunflowers.

ADDED BONUS: if you give your neighbours sunflower seeds you would get to enjoy their beautiful flowers too!

Have you signed up for Neighbours Day 2021 yet? There's lots of ways you can join in...check out our website to register today:
www.neighboursday.org.nz...

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