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« on: November 18, 2009 05:25:15 PM »

Hi all,

I have seen dresses that are described as "flocked" but I don't understand what it is exactly.  How is the look achieved?  Is this a technique that a home sewer can duplicate?  What is the difference between this and technique of ironing (so to speak) designs into velvet?

I am hoping someone here can shed some light on this for me.  Thank you for your help! 
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2009 06:43:28 PM »

According to wikipedia, "Flocking is the process of depositing many small fiber particles (called flock) onto a surface. It can also refer to the texture produced by the process, or to any material used primarily for its flocked surface. Flocking of an article can be performed for the purpose of increasing its value in terms of the tactile sensation, aesthetics, color and appearance. It can also be performed for functional reasons including insulation, slip-or-grip friction, and low reflectivity." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flocking_(texture)
So basically, they take fuzz, or whatever, and make it stick to the fabric in the desired pattern. If you saw a dress that was flocked and had a picture of a bird on the front, it meant that the bird is made up of fuzz (or whatever they used) stuck to the shirt.

I read another article (which I can't find now) that described the process. Most often, it's done with a high voltage electric field, so it didn't seem to me like something that would be easily done at home, but I'm no expert...
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