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How a Plastic Bottle Becomes Fabric

Posted by Shawn Voss on Sep 30, 2016 4:02:24 PM


Yes, it's true. Most of the recycled polyester we use originates from plastic water and soda bottles. While it sounds pretty unbelievable that a hard drinking container can turn into soft fabric, it's actually a relatively simple process and is used often in our industry as well as the clothing industry. This is the story of how a plastic bottle is turned into fabric.

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Topics: Textiles 101

Why It Matters Where Your Fabric Comes From

Posted by Shawn Voss on Sep 20, 2016 11:44:00 AM

A view of some looms in our weave room - Guilford, Maine


When we purchase anything, whether it is a piece of clothing or a piece of furniture, it is easy to overlook where that product is made. It's easy to forget about all of the processes, people, expertise, resources and energy it took to get it into your hands. A lot of fabric is made overseas, but let's examine some of the drawbacks and why we think it's beneficial to purchase textiles made in the USA and Canada.

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Topics: Textiles 101, Sustainability

Upholstery vs. Panel vs. Acoustic vs. Cubicle

Posted by Shawn Voss on Aug 31, 2016 11:15:38 AM


What makes a fabric something that is made for you to sit on instead of something to wrap a panel with? Or hang in a hospital? Are the fabrics really all that different? The answer is yes and no, as we will explain in this post.

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Topics: Upholstery Fabric, Acoustic Fabric, Textiles 101, Acoustics, Panel Fabric

How to Win Friends and Influence People Through Design

Posted by Shawn Voss on Aug 16, 2016 1:18:01 PM


The spaces we move through, work and live in can have strong invisible and subconscious affects on how we feel, act and react. For example, in an airport, the tile patterns, signage, angle of desks, sizes of doorways and lighting can all subconsciously lead people in certain directions, making it harder to get lost and easier to find our gate. Or more likely to buy a snack. We aren't even consciously aware of these forces, and yet they exist. As designers we have the opportunity to shape how people experience the world around them.


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Let's See How Well You See Color

Posted by Shawn Voss on Jul 26, 2016 11:46:21 AM


When designing a space, choosing colors of fabric, paint, and other surface materials is a crucial task to making a room look great. As a follow up to our recent posts about the color wheel and color palettes, I thought it would be interesting to share the Farnsworth Munsell color test. It helps answer the question "is what I am seeing what other people see?"


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Topics: Color

Content Matters: Polyester

Posted by Shawn Voss on Jul 22, 2016 2:23:05 PM

Patterns shown starting bottom left to upper right: George, Pizzazz, George, Limelight, Mod


Polyester is the most common and versatile fiber type that we weave fabric with in our mills and most of our upholstery, panel/acoustic and cubicle fabrics are woven out of polyester. In this article we will cover what polyester is, where it comes from, and its advantages and disadvantages.

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Topics: Upholstery Fabric, Acoustic Fabric, Textiles 101, Panel Fabric

How to Create a Color Palette

Posted by Shawn Voss on Jun 8, 2016 3:58:26 PM


Now that we've got the basics of the color wheel down (see previous post here), we can move on to how to use it! There are 7 main color relationships that we are going to cover, plus neutrals, in this post. Knowing these color relationships can help you unpack the mystery box that color palettes can sometimes be. 


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Topics: Color

Take a Spin on the Color Wheel

Posted by Shawn Voss on May 25, 2016 11:21:01 AM



It is obvious to all of us that the world is a colorful place (unless you are some of the people living here) and consciously or subconsciously, we are all aware when something looks just *right* or when something feels off when it comes to color. Why is that? What is it about some color pallettes that work so well, and how do you replicate yourself? If you are a full-time designer, this post will probably be more like a reminder (I know I need it sometimes). To those who aren't designing spaces every day, color theory can feel abstract, but with a little learning, you too can know the basics.


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Topics: Color

Meet Our New Patterns.

Posted by Shawn Voss on May 16, 2016 9:00:00 AM


We’ve updated 4 classic Upholstery patterns with new colors and we are also introducing 2 new Panel & Acoustic patterns. All 4 Upholstery patterns come standard with a stain repellent to keep them looking beautiful. Both Panel & Acoustic patterns have been third-party tested for acoustic transparency and all 6 patterns are made from 100% recycled polyester, woven right here in the USA. Read on to see them all and order a free sample!


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Topics: Upholstery Fabric, Color, Acoustic Fabric, Panel Fabric

Rendering Images Now Available!

Posted by Shawn Voss on Apr 22, 2016 2:27:05 PM


We all know the saying "a rendering is worth a thousands words" (right?), but if you don't have the images to make the rendering, then it isn't worth any words. That's why we are working hard to create rendering images of all our textiles so the next time you are toiling away on your latest awesome project that uses Guilford of Maine textiles, you won't be left empty handed when it comes time to really wow your client.

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Topics: Textiles 101