RA Fabrics 101

Posted by: Nellie Laskow

We design fabrics that are meant to be mixed and matched to tell our customers’ own stories. Tonal variation within the collection gives depth, and we encourage our customers to mix various values of a hue. All of our fabrics are residential, but we have tested some styles for abrasion and can share the results upon request if available. We have the ability to custom print our patterns on heavier grounds, as well as commercial fabric qualities. Our woven fabrics can be custom woven for commercial use. For more information please email sales@rebeccaatwood.com.


Photo by Fran Keenan Design featuring our Hills fabric

Screen Printed Fabric

We love screen printed fabrics because of the hand-done process, the rich color dye can achieve, and the beautiful simplicity of 1-3 color prints. Screen printing means transferring a design to fabric by pushing dye or ink over a screen that is only penetrable in certain areas. It is best used for patterns that are simple with few colors.

Our printers can print with both dye and ink. Dye lasts longer because it binds with fabric instead of sitting on top like ink, which can wear off over time. In addition to more colorfastness, dyes leave a softer hand feel. While we primarily use dye for those reasons, there are times we’ve used ink when we want an opaque print that you can feel on the fabric—like our Dashes pattern in White on Natural. While printing with ink is straight forward (what you see is what you get), dye requires a finishing process and there can be more color variation. For more information on screen prints, please see our blog post here.


Digitally Printed Fabric

We love digitally printed fabrics because of their painterly quality, tonal variation, and fine detail. Low order minimums mean we can print on different grounds and customize more easily for a client. Digital printing is proven as one of the eco-friendliest printing processes and allows us to replicate our hand-painted designs on a large scale using less water and other materials than screen printing or hand dyeing. Using pigments, a large printer transfers the pattern onto the surface of the linen. After the pattern is printed onto the fabric, it's set with heat and pressure. For more information on digital prints, please see our blog post here.


Photo by Cortney Bishop featuring our Gridded Ikat fabric.

Woven Fabrics

We love woven fabrics because they are durable, mix easily with our printed linen, and can add depth to a room with the play of different textures and yarns. Our fabrics are woven with jacquard looms, which can weave complex designs. The pattern is created with the yarns and weaving structures as opposed to applying a print to the surface. This process starts with the yarns, which for some styles are hand-dyed or metallic. Warp yarns run the length of the cloth. These threads are raised and lowered to create patterns and hold the weft/fill threads in place. Weft threads, also called the fill, run horizontally to the warp threads to create the length of cloth. By playing with the types of yarns and weaving structures, the resulting fabrics have rich hues, lots of texture, and more durability, which makes them great for upholstery. For more information on woven fabrics, please see our blog post here.


Photo by J'adore Decore featuring our Striped Moon fabric.

Embroidered fabrics

We love embroidered fabrics because they add a tactile, personal touch to a room. Our modern and fresh designs follow a long tradition of embellishment and act as a great finishing touch for a pattern palette by bringing in an accent color. The base fabric is hand-woven and, on some designs, it is then screen printed prior to embroidery. Most of the embroidery is done by state-of-the-art CAD machines and hand-guided sewing machines using 100% cotton thread. Some embroidery is done by hand. For more information on the technical details of each design, please visit their product pages online for descriptions, and to learn more about our embroidered fabric collection, please see our blog post here.

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