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a boucle guide

how to find the real deal and how to make it work in your project







so all the rage for a few years now - but actually pretty classy mid century stuff. being to fashion school: the type of clothing that immediately screams boucle is the Chanel Jacket. Pretty much always textured, always kinda boucle in some shape or form.





Boucle is more or less pretty loosely woven with pretty irregular any chunky threads. thats what makes it kinda tricky to work with. its fraying kinda instantly as soon as you touch it ans on top: kinda pricey too. great not really love that. but!!! and thats a big one. super durable and timeless. my smart ass thought to get along with fake teddy for serving for a similar vibe, but ended up having enough of it kinda quick. so even if its more of an investment than a 6.99 all plastic fur thing ( don't get me wrong in the right setting can be totally it) I feel its totally worth it, because it totally gives off that sort of luxury timeless elegance. effortless.


so how to get your hands on the real deal boucle?


to get the first things outta the way:

heres links to stuff I ordered in the past,


thats the fabric diy'd into a pillow


thats the same one in green



sadly won't work for everyone - but here's some tipps hoe to find the good stuff.

  1. look real close at the texture: you want that irregular bubble-y stuff, where you can kinda see the warp and weft threads. weft is the irregular stuff, the warp is most of the time just plain and much thinner. thats what makes the texture. you should be able too see the weaving texture like in a loose linen weave. usually hq is made from wool, linen or a blend of some natural like cotton and linen. however nowadays there are some fabrics with plastic threads, especially as the warp, thats not a bad sign. usually they are more durable than whole natural on the long term.

words to type in:

boucle - upholstery - pillow - furniture boucle - premium boucle


be prepared to pay about 30 per 100 cm fabric. as I said, sadly this stuff is not the cheapest.


what you want to see:

this




what you don't wanna see:


fur like stuff thats often sold as boucle, but is really just a whole different vibe

some other type of loose weave, but its missing the irregular structured weft threads


fun side fact: you might end up buying the same stuff as big retailers do. I got this bench stool thing from wearwig, and its the exact same fabric I ordered online, just another shade.

you might have to be quick: usually when I ordered its sold out a few days later when I realised I needed more of that one shade, that stuff is going quick.


2. how to work with it: easiest is to sew a little trout pillow - treat it as any other thick fabric. just make sure you go over the raw edges with a zig zag asap after cutting it. since its so loosely woven it starts falling apart super quick, and one thread in boucle is about half a centimetre, so you don't wanna pull threads.






when upholstering a chair etc make sure you cut a lot of 'seam / work' allowance. usually boucle is not stretchy at all, so if you cut to small it won't fit around your thing - no matter how hard you pull. also: you wanna have a good 3-5 cm of fabric to staple on, because of its tendency to fray like crazy - exactly. I like to seal my upholstery jobs with liquid latex around the raw edges, to be sure it stays on






so this is more or less a scrap project,

because you never throw away some left over boucle










need


mdf base

boucle

padding

something to use as feet, can be anything tube / pillar like wood, plastic ...

double sided tape

stapler

all purpose glue

liquid latex or fabric glue or hot glue

hand saw / jig saw




















cut your mdf to your desired shape, I already had this thing from a prior project


trace it on the padding (I used two layers)

























cut out your shape ( make sure if you have white fabric to get rid of your markings they can show through light fabric)






















glue it roughly on your base


(I used the tape)


its just to prevent it from sliding around while working on it, it will get old in place by the fabric around it

















lay out your fabric (good side facing to the table)


put your bade with the padding facing downwards on the fabric


make sure to have enough fabric on the sides to easily wrap the fabric around the base























pull lightly and staple the fabric on the base
























especially with boucle: try to staple a whole line to prevent folds, work your way around the whole thing, always straightening and pulling lightly




















cut away the excess, but leave around 1,5 cm to seal it later on

























thats the whole thing cut and flipped


























seal the raw edge with liquid latex, fabric glue or hot glue
























legs: measure a length that fits your shape and purpose and mark the tubes with tape to get an even line all around


























cut your tubes to size, I used a hand saw - whatever material you use a hand saw or jig saw works
























quick check everything fits and matches ...






























cover your legs in double sided tape



















wrap the fabric around the tubes, to prevent fraying at the bottom try to wrap them with the weft threads parallel to your height, this way they won't fray at the top and bottom. the tape will hold the open edge once you wrapped the whole tube























cut super close to the tube to have the two open ends facing each other and both being fully glued down

























glue the legs on


























put weight on while curing


























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