Wednesday, 14 March 2012
Wondering Wednesday :What Is Evolon?
Well, I asked on Saturday why Evolon was, strictly speaking, odd man out in this blog. Heidi Rand wondered aloud whether it was spunbonded...and indeed, it isn't,. though it is a non woven cloth like both Lutradur and Zeelon. It is a microfibre, but put together in a unique way; Freudenberg describe the process here. Angela had a point, too, when she said that it isn't semi transparent...perhaps just as well, when you consider that it is used for clothing! And Mary was right, too, to say that it is a mixture of polyester and nylon. Lutradur is made of polyester, and Zeelon, of nylon; Evolon is a mix of both fibres, but more polyester than nylon.
If you haven't used Evolon before, it has a wonderful texture, a bit like artificial suede, and comes in two types. Evolon is fairly firm, will happily run through a printer and is great for all manner of purposes. Evolon Soft is exactly that... softer and floppier than Evolon. It is ideal for clothing, as it has great drape. Of course, you can make Evolon softer by washing it repeatedly. The Soft version has, in fact, been through an extensive industrial washing process, which makes it much softer than regular Evolon. Interestingly, handling Evolon produces the same result; if you hand stitch it , it softens beneath your hands; try it!
I've used this image on here before, but I make no apologies for showing it again. If you click on it to enlarge it, you will be able to see the texture of the cloth. The top was transfer dyed repeatedly to produce the rich colouration and effects that you see on it...but we'll talk about dyeing Evolon next week.
So...there you are. That's what Evolon is. Now, are you going to try some?