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116 PICK – The number of threads per inch used on our higher density Platinum collection.

96 PICK – The number of threads per inch used on our Chromax and Chromasol curtain linings.

BLACKOUT 2 PASS – A double coating applied to curtain lining that blocks out light.

BLACKOUT 3 PASS – A triple coating applied to a fabric to give a total blackout appearance.

BOLT – A format for supplying fabric that is folded half width.

BUCKRAM – A stiff coated fabric used for curtain headings and tiebacks.

BUMP – A thick heavy interlining produced to help with insulation and add extra body to curtains.

CALENDERED FINISH – A process where the fabric is passed through heated rollers to add a sheen to the surface of the fabric giving it a crisper handle.

CHROMAX – Edmund Bell’s exclusive brand for 100% cotton curtain lining which is manufactured to the highest standards to give protection against the harmful effects of sunlight and is available in a number of colours and finishes.

CREASED & LAPPED (C/L) – A traditional method where the fabric is folded in half and wrapped around a board to make it easier to handle and reduce the amount of storage space required.

CRF – Crease Resistant Finish that is applied to a number of our cotton sateen linings to improve handling and draping qualities.

CUT LENGTH – Fabric cut to a specific length.

DIMOUT – A fabric that is woven in multiple layers to help to block out light giving an almost blackout effect.

DOMETTE – A lighter cotton interlining used to improve the draping qualities and appearance of curtains and roman blinds while improving insulation.

DRAPE – The way a fabric hangs under its own weight.

DUOLINE – An interlining bonded to a cotton or polyester cotton curtain lining.

DURABLE FR – A flame retardant finish that can either be dry cleaned or washed dependant on cleaning instructions.

FLAME RETARDANT – Flame retardant fabrics will extinguish flames in line with UK and International standards (see test certificates for specific products).

FUSIBLE – A stiffened fabric that can be ironed onto face fabrics generally used for tie backs.

FWOT – Fabric rolled full width on tubes.

HANDLE – The feel of the material in terms of its stiffness, hardness or softness, roughness or smoothness.

HEAT SET – A heating process that is used to reduce the amount of shrinkage of a fabric or lining.

HWOT – Fabric folded in half and then rolled on to tubes to reduce storage space.

INHERENT FR – A fabric that is woven from flame retardant yarns.

INTERMAX – Edmund Bell’s brand name for interlinings.

LEADED – A fabric with lead chain weight added to one side.

LIGHT FASTNESS – The ability of the fabric to hold its original colour when exposed to sunlight. This is measured using a standard method which is compared to the British Standard Grey Scale which helps to measure the variation in colour after exposure against the original colour.

MICROFIBRE – A textured yarn used to add extra body to the fabric without adding weight, generally used in lighter weight fabrics.

NON-DURABLE FR – A flame retardant finish that cannot be cleaned unless it is retreated afterwards.

OPACITY – The measure of the impenetrability of light.

PIECE – A full roll of fabric.

PLATINUM – Edmund Bell’s brand name for the higher density 100% cotton curtain linings which is manufactured with additional threads to give extra density and protection against the harmful effects of sunlight.

PRE-SHRUNK – A process that is used to reduce the amount of shrinkage of interlinings when manufacturing curtains.

RAISED – A combing process used to loosen the fibres on a fabric to give it a furry appearance which helps to improve the thickness and insulation properties.

SARILLE – A synthetic interlining used to improve the draping qualities and appearance of curtains and roman blinds while improving insulation.

SATEEN – An appearance that is produced by showing more of the fine weft threads on the surface of that fabric. This creates a higher sheen and denser appearance to the fabric, normally associated with cotton curtain lining fabrics.

SATIN – A weaving method that shows more of the finer warp threads on the surface of the fabric. This creates a higher sheen and denser appearance to the fabric, normally associated with polyester cotton curtain lining fabrics or face fabrics.

SCHREINGER FINISH – A process where the fabric is passed through a fine engraved roller system in order to align all of the weft threads thereby adding a lustrous appearance to the fabric and helping to improve the opacity to give added protection against the effects of sunlight.

SELVEDGE – The edge of the fabric.

SOLPRUFE 63 – A well-known industry brand name that is synonymous with curtain linings giving excellent light fastness and dimensional stability.

TEFLON – A branded protective coating which helps to protect the fabric against moisture and soiling.

THERMAL – A fabric with a single back coating fabric that is used to help insulate the room.

TWILL WEAVE – A weaving method that is produced by showing the warp threads on the surface of the fabric to create a soft sheen and denser appearance to the fabric and giving better protection against sunlight.

WARP – The threads running down the fabric parallel to the selvedge of the fabric.

WEFT – The threads running across the width of the fabric.


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A message to our customers #5

Many of our team members are back working in the office, processing your orders and responding to your enquiries. The safety of our team is our number one priority and we have all the necessary hygiene and distancing measures in place to ensure they feel as safe and comfortable as possible. 

 

 

We continue to review things on a daily basis in line with government guidelines and will keep you informed of any changes via our website and social media.

Thank you very much in advance for your support and co-operation. Our thoughts are with you all and we hope you and your families keep safe and well.

 

With best regards

John Atherton
Managing Director

 

(Updated 9.30am, 23rd July 2020)

 


A message to our customers #4

As a team, we are busy working from home; processing your orders and responding to your enquiries.

 

 

We continue to review things on a daily basis in line with government guidelines and will keep you informed of any changes via our website and social media.

Thank you very much in advance for your support and co-operation. Our thoughts are with you all and we hope you and your families keep safe and well.

 

With best regards

John Atherton
Managing Director

 

(Updated 9.00am, 13th May 2020)

 


A message to our customers #3

As we enter another week and continue to adjust to this 'new normal' way of life, I wanted to keep you informed of our current service levels:

 

 

The Edmund Bell website is available to place orders and manage your account online 24 hours a day. If you’re not already using our online service, you can find out more information and download our "How to" guide here.

We continue to review things on a daily basis in line with government guidelines and will keep you informed of any changes via our website and social media.

Thank you very much in advance for your support and co-operation. Our thoughts are with you all and we hope you and your families keep safe and well.

 

With best regards

John Atherton
Managing Director

 

(Updated 4.30pm, 7th April 2020)

 


A message to our customers #2

Things are changing day by day, minute by minute and we think it is important to keep you informed of our service levels during this time.

Following our update yesterday evening, it is clear that a large number of our customers are still able to keep working and many are making products for the NHS and Healthcare environments and continue to require fabric and other products. We want to reassure you:

 

 

PLEASE NOTE:

Our sister company Redwood TTM in Skelmersdale is continuing to manufacture medical equipment and mattresses for the NHS and Healthcare requirements at the request of the Government. Please let us know if they can help you with any medical products.

Call us or alternatively Redwood TTM on 01695 553 830 or email: sales@redwood-ttm.com

 

We intend to review things on a daily basis in line with government guidelines and will keep you informed of any changes via our website and social media.

Thank you very much in advance for your support and co-operation. Our thoughts are with you all and we hope you and your families keep safe and well during this difficult period.

 

With best regards

John Atherton

Managing Director

 

(Updated 4pm, 27th March 2020)