The Chinese New Year (CNY) should be familiar to you if you’ve been in an industry that touches any part of textiles. This holiday impacts the hospitality and healthcare industries even halfway around the world! In the spirit of the New Year season, let’s draw our attention to another significant New Year coming up!
Stains & messes happen. They are rather inevitable when you consider that each guest room is ideally used each and every single night and most often by alternating people, who are relaxing or just moving thru on business or some other type of travel. Guestrooms are a space in constant flux and with that comes spills, drops, greasy fingers and the like. All of these moments pose a threat to that white bedding and those drapes (I mean seriously do people even use the baton?)
Although a potential problem for your house cleaning staff, this is a factor you simply have to accept, expect and plan for in the hospitality industry.
What an important question to ask. Much of the time we just assume that it doesn’t or that if it does it’s not noticeable enough to matter at all. What we take for granted is the process of making a drapery treatment. In short a fabric manufacturer is taking a natural fiber such as cotton, or linen that is not symmetrical, doing their best to weave that into a squared fabric. At this point a manufacturer takes it, cuts it, serge's panels back together and then hangs it on a wall, planning on a 1/2" tolerance from perfection. That is no short order. Most of the time we get this process right, but those situations are working with normal, tightly woven fabrics. There are situations in which this is not the case and so we want to share with you some recent examples in which we came face to face with this exact scenario. We hope that the information will help you in the next situation that you encounter or are using a fabric that may stretch.
We spoke at length in our blog titled “COM vs. Manufacturer Owned”, about Customer Owned Material. That is fabric which is purchased by a hotel, purchasing group or designer and sent directly to the manufacturer to be used in the production of specified treatments. We definitely recommend reading up on the differences before your next job. That being said we’ve written this blog to discuss what happens if you have chosen to purchase your own fabric and send it to Quiltcraft.
Most fabrics have patterns. Sometimes those patterns may be stripes, other times they may be images but one thing remains constant. Regardless of how crazy the pattern may look there is a repeat ie. logic to it. That logic to the fabric weave or the repeat is what the industry calls a ‘fabric repeat’. Many designers come to us asking this exact question. We hope to proactively place a tool in your tool belt for solving fabric repeatesque problems. So read on!
Fabric comes in rolls, common sense. Have you ever thought about how it is cut as it comes off that roll? Which direction is it supposed to go? Does that depend on what you are making or how you are making it? Yes, Yes & Yes are the answers. Often times purchasing managers and designers understand the concept of ‘Up the Roll’ (UTR) and ‘Railroading’ (RR), but it can still be difficult to explain. The implications of choosing to railroad a fabric vs. run it UTR are tremendous and should not be passed over simply because of some difficulty in understanding the concept.
If you have been in an industry that touches any part of textiles then you should be aware of Chinese New Year (CNY). The hospitality and healthcare industry can be largely affected by this Holiday halfway around the world. So in the spirit of the season, as we here wrap up our New Year celebrations we turn our attention to another very important New Year, just around the corner and I’m not talking about 2019.