The backing material protects and finishes the work, or gives           support to a fine, antique or otherwise less stable textile.                                Sometimes referred to as the underlining or the back cloth, here the backing is always attached to the face cloth, but not necessarily made up with it.  Backing material can make all the difference to the work,  adding  a very professional finish; it must then be appropriate, fit for       purpose and correctly fitted.

The back cloth as above becomes a backing.

* Fragile, sheer and semi sheer fabrics often require a backing to become fit for purpose.

* Sheer fabrics such as lace, voile and organdie might be backed in a plain colour for decoration or to make opaque for any interior                   furnishings.

* A delicate or torn antique piece can have it’s life preserved by mounting         it onto a plain cotton backing cloth.  Each project is different but it needs to be secured with neat, ‘invisible ‘ stitches, either around the perimeter or all through the work if extra support is needed. In this way many ancient fabrics can be  enjoyed for a new life  in gentler furnishings such as stool covers, screens, wall hangings or cushions.

* In every case the backing cloth must be as closely related to the top cloth as possible to minimise any fall-out when the fabrics react to room       and climate changes. Cotton is appropriate for most materials, but if possible match the fibres, and always  use  silk with silk.  As always, hold the fabrics together, test them, and follow   your instincts.

See basic techniques : under- linings, back cloth

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