Fabrics for modules and origami fabric basics

For the manufacture of origami modules from fabric – blanks, from which flowers are then folded, we need contrasting fabrics of the same thickness, density, well-shaped and not crumbling. Based on this, choose from cotton, blended, silk and fine wool materials.

Silk flowers are very spectacular, but cotton fabrics are the best materials for working in the technique of origami. They are durable, keep bends, iron well and last longer than other fabrics. However, there are two minuses – these materials become crumpled and shrink during washing, so you need to wash the fabric before cutting, so that there are no unpleasant surprises later.

Linen fabric has a smooth surface with a matte sheen, is little polluted and does not peel off when working. Linen cloth is tougher, but it is easily wrinkled, therefore, if you have made several wrong folds, gathering flowers, iron the fabric.

Knitted fabric and other elastic fabrics, as well as thin transparent fabrics, such as orgona, chiffon, etc., it is better not to use. Strongly stretching materials make work very difficult, and flowers made of thin fabric do not keep their shape and are hardly noticeable, because the base shines through them – the product on which they were attached.

Almost any material is suitable for sewing the base, even drape, chenille or tweed. The main thing is that they are in harmony in color and texture with the decor fabrics. For the manufacture of the substrate (backdrop) panels can be used and linen, and such expressive fabrics as tapestry (woven material with a color art image) or jacquard (fabric with a large convex pattern).