How to Find the Biascomments (6) July 1st, 2008
Bias is by far my favorite part of the fabric. To understand a little better what the bias is, we'll start with grainlines.
Grainlines are the directions in which the fibers of fabric go.
Selvage: This is the edge of your fabric piece. When you purchase fabric, it is typically folded in half with the selvages together. One selvage is usually white with text printed on it stating the designer, the company, and the copyright.
Lengthwise Grain: This is the grain running parallel to the selvage.
Crosswise Grain: This is the grain running perpendicular to the selvage.
Bias Grain: The bias grain runs on a 45-degree angle from the selvage, on a diagonal.
Now you know where the bias is and how to find it, but what can the bias do for you? It gives a beautiful drape to your project. It also allows fabric to be shaped better such as with bias binding or casing for piping. A lesser-known fact about bias is that it doesn't fray. This makes it fun to work with for "raw" edge embellishments.