GG Knows – A Dictionary of Textile Terms

Meet GG, one of the beloved founders of Chicago Canvas & Supply. Although she’s no longer with us, her vast knowledge of industry terminology lives on in this textile dictionary! Each month, we’ll pull from GG’s personal collection of terms—don’t miss out by subscribing to our blog over on the right-hand side of this webpage.

Ready to learn something new? Let’s get started!
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FR vs. IFR for Stage Curtain Fabric

What Is The Difference Between Flame Retardant And Inherently Flame Retardant Theatre Fabric?

Fabrics are an important element in theatre and arts. However, determining the proper type of fabric can sometimes be challenging, especially when it comes to differentiating between Flame Retardant and Inherently Flame Retardant.  While they only differ by a few letters, there is a definite difference between the two.

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Comparing Fabrics for Theater Curtains

Guide to Selecting the Ideal Fabric Type for your Theater Curtains

Let me set the stage for you. Big production coming up and your job is to buy the fabric to make theater curtains. You are clicking from site to site, trying to figure out which fabric is going to be best-suited.  So many choices! There is also a budget to stay within. Isn’t it also always the case that these were needed yesterday?  Ya’ know… just to keep it interesting.  Let us save you some time with a simple chart comparing theater fabrics so the next time you are in need of fabrics for your stage curtains, you will know exactly what to order.

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Chicago TV Shows Pop in for Cut Yardage Orders

Columnist Michael Sneed recently made mention of 3 TV Series currently being filmed right here in Chicago: “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago P.D.,”  and “Empire.”  Each of the sets for these TV shows uses fabric from Chicago Canvas & Supply. We have provided these shows with 9′ – 20′ Natural Color Muslin (flame retardant and non-flame retardant), Flame Retardant Bleached White Muslin, White Sharkstooth Scrim, and Flame Retardant Grey Muslin.
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7 Tips on Lighting Scrim

Creating that bleed-through effect should only seem like magic to the audience.  However, with so many critical factors, reveal and dissolve effects on the stage can sometimes leave lighting technicians wishing they could wave a magic wand and have it all work according to plan.

With a few key considerations, we will equip you with the tools you need to create seamless bleed-through effects, but first let’s start with the type of fabric. Our recommendation is sharkstooth scrim.
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