- Hello everyone! Just when I thought I knew all I'd ever need to know
about fabric, a new word crossed my path. I want to sew a jacket and
the pattern calls for "matelasse." The dictionary tells me it is any
fabric embossed or having a raised design. Pique was the alternate
choice on the pattern (and I do know what that is!) My question is
this: Is prequilted fabric considered a matelasse? Are there any
other types of fabric that would fall into the matelasse category?
(that can be found at an average midwestern fabric store?) Thanks,
- I don't know the term, but once you find out what the fabric looks like, you
may be able to fake it's appearance with a heat gun and an appropriate
heat-sensitive fabric. Many fabrics that do not like a hot iron can gain a
permanent texture by being draped over a texture field (say a layer of small
pebbles) or tied as if for shibori and then heated until they take the form
of what's underneath. After the fabric cools, the texture pattern remains.
- Actually, I just realized I do know the term...pronounced as "matt lahzay".
You'll see it in many home furnishing catalogues in bed covers. It looks
rather like very closely placed quilting in a geometric pattern on a solid
color fabric, with areas in which there is no quilting standing out as the
actual pattern on the whole piece. I just found it in the Brylane Home
catalogue, and they have a website www.brylanehome.com.