|trapeze upholstery fabric
||[Feb. 21st, 2011|11:13 am]
hi, circus people! I am buying a trapeze and have a chance to choose the fabric for its upholstery. I'm planning to cover the ropes with fabric all the way up to the rigging. Does anyone have advice about what fabric will have a nice grip, wear well, and not sag? |
I'm currently less interested in velvet because I've seen that with heavy use it looks really patchy, and microsuede and corduroy have both felt too grippy for my preference. Of the trapezes I've used as a student at other people's studios, the one I have liked best has been undyed canvas, which has gotten a little bit slippery with heavy use but still felt easy to grip. My main reservation with that fabric is that with use it also became discolored, presumably from sweat. I know that canvas can be dyed, but I don't know if that dye weakens the fabric too much. I'm also just not sure what would be a good color for hiding sweat over time!
In researching all this what I found myself wanting was just a collection of various people's opinions and histories and preferences. Have any of you made or commissioned your own trapezes? Do you have biases or tips for any particular fabrics or color choices?
Thank you in advance!