Choosing the Right Lace Composition
There’re a lot of different fibers and types of fabric composition. Most of our laces are a blend of 2, 3 or even 4 types of fibers. It can be a natural yarn: Cotton, Wool, Silk, Linen; semi-synthetic: Rayon (Viscose) or synthetic: Nylon (Polyamide), Polyester.
And synthetic doesn’t mean it is in any way inferior. Different blends are only created for different fabric properties and do not affect lace price. All types of composition are coded in abbreviations. Here’re all types of fibers you can find in our laces:
Cotton — CO
Gives lace that natural, heritage feel. Laces with high amount of cotton are less elastic and a little more thick and stiff. The most classic Chantilly laces like Kate Middleton’s lace are 50% Cotton and 50% Nylon. All Lyon laces are 100% Cotton.
Nylon (Polyamide) — PA
It is used instead of silk for practical reasons. Laces with lots of Nylon are the thinnest and flowy, almost invisible.
Rayon (Viscose) — CV
Like Nylon this is quite light and thin yarn. But in some lace it can be stiff enough for you to create some volume with lace (for example for a skirt). And it can be shiny, to add a little sparkle.
Polyester — PES
It is very rarely used as it is, mostly we have laces with metallic polyester (lurex), so all golden/silver/bronze metallic effect laces have it in the composition.
Wool and Angora Wool — WO, WA
All wool is the best quality virgin wool and specifically labeled soft Angora rabbit wool (WA). Wool laces are the thickest we have. This is a very original and hard to find fabric.
Silk — SE
Nowadays it is rarely used in laces. But you can order silk bobbinet tulle!
This is the trickiest part. Choosing the right color is very difficult, especially when you need to match the lace color to something you have.
Our first recommendation is to go the other way and to match all fabrics and linings to the lace color you bought. Laces are harder to choose and to find, so maybe it makes sense to build everything on top of the chosen lace.
The next obstacle is that different fabric compositions take dyeing differently, so the same color can be quite different on different textiles.
And the last, but not least problem is the lighting. There are different lighting types (ambient, direct) and lighting temperatures (daylight, cool led, candles, etc.) that can affect the perception of color. And of course different displays are inaccurate in their own way.
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