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1. Stabiltex/Tetex update & information 

2. Polyester Wadding - Cowens

3. Purchasing Skala threads in small quantities

4. Materials suppliers list

5. Biodegradable sample bags available

6. Textile Group Publications List

7. MA Conservation Dissertations


1. Stabiltex/Tetex 


The latest from PlastOK (UK supplier) as of June 2011.

PlastOK are awaiting a delivery of 180 metres of Stabiltex in white. They will choose the most popular colours used by conservators for dyeing.  If any of you have a need for a specific colour (only in large quantities) please can you contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it directly and as soon as possible. 

Margaret is also looking at sub-standard un-dyed Stabiltex to be dyed and used for drawn stitching threads, hopefully at a lower cost. PlastOK are working hard on the profession's behalf to ensure that this material remians avialable to us. Please email Margaret to express your interest/support and enquire about costs.

79 Market Street, Birkenhead, Merseyside, CH41 6AN, UK Telephone Number +44 (0) 151 666 2056

This recent development comes after Sefar (the manufacturer based in Switzerland) confirmed, some months ago, that they will only accept orders of 800 meters or above - applying to all colours.

If you have a stock of white stabiltex and require a pale colour then it is possible to dye small amounts without pressure, using Terasil a disperse dye for polyester.  Polyester has a low affinity for taking up dye and therefore mostly only pastel shades can be achieved.
Townend (Leeds) plc recommends Terasil, for dyeing white stabiltex. The dyes are relatively expensive and the cost of your time to dye will also be a consideration.

Please click on the following links for Townend & Terasil information - dye costs, dyeing methodand a recipe example 

US updates

Two American conservators have been in direct contact with Sefar’s Minneapolis, Minnesota office in an attempt to identify the issues with the supply of Stablitex/Tetex and to advocate for its value to the conservation market by stressing the properties that make it a unique and irreplaceable product.

Two issues emerged. Significant end-user (that’s us) dissatisfaction with dye-lot colour variation was resulting in financial losses and frustrations. Secondly, conservation is a very small secondary market for Tetex/Stabiltex. Dyeing Tetex/Stabiltex is a post-fabrication process for our market, but current technical limitations result in visible dye-lot colour shifts. To protect the continued availability of Tetex/Stabiltex conservators need to expect and accept perceptible colour variations within dye-lots. As textile conservators we are aware that immersion dyeing (using disperse dyes for polyester in this case) is difficult to achieve precision colour replication, either in our labs or in the industry. Exploring end-user in-lab colouring processes on white Tetex/Stabiltex will give conservators both a larger palette and a more exacting colour match for our highly individual work.
Information on available colours and pricing from Talas can be found at:
330 Morgan Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Phone: 212-219-0770
Fax: 212-219-0735

A brief update - Denmark

We have also received information that Museumstjenesten in Denmark have a range of stabiltex/tetex in stock - Beige (Apricot), Brown (Bronze), Olive green (artichoke), & Old rose (cherry) and have plans to order in some white. They currently stock between 10 & 92 meters of each colour . 

They charge 540DKK (60Pounds) (without danish VAT) or 675DKK (75pounds) per metre. They charge a cutting fee for small orders cutting costs 500DKK (55 pounds) per colour. 

Contact details: Museumstjenesten,Sjørupvej 1, Lysgaard, 8800 Viborg,
Telephone Number 0045 8666 7666  -  Fax. 0045 8666 7611 E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

We are very grateful to Talas, PlastOk & Musemstjenesten for their persistence and particularly for undertaking the financial investment necessary that allows Tetex/Stabiltex to continue to be available to the conservation market.

2. Polyester Wadding - Cowens

Cowens soft polyester wadding (previously available in 4 &  8oz rolls) has been discontinued because of equipment problems. They are now producing a range of 100% polyester wadding called 'Ultrasoft'. This is a solid & hollow fibre mix that produces a material that has a softer handle and higher loft.

4oz & 8oz are available - 4oz @£1.96 per metre (157cm) / 8oz @ £3.68 per metre (157cm) - please allow 2 weeks for manufacture

to contact Cowens: Cowens Ltd., Ellers Mill, Dalston. Carlisle, Cumbria CA5 7QJ
Telephone number: (+44) 01228 710 205
Fax number: (+44) 01228 710 331
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

3. Skala thread

If you are looking for a supplier of small quantities of Skala 240, 5000m Kingspools - the following details have been recommended to us

Tony Slade
T.S. Sewing Supplies
10 Brambles Road
Somerset TA8 2PY

(t) 01278 786378
(m) 07973 237866
(e) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

They cost £2.76 + VAT each plus a small order charge of £7.50 if the order does not reach
£120.00 which includes carriage. He also supplied a colour chart.

4. Materials Suppliers list

We have added a suppliers list to the web pages for your reference. Please click here to access.

5. Biodegradable Sample Bags Available!

Mindful of the growing concern over the use of plastic, an eco-friendly alternative to traditional sample bags was sought, in the hope that a better option could be adopted by the conservation profession.  Success, in the shape of a biodegradable mini-bag was found.  Made from PLA-bioplastic (ie from plant extracts and, in this case, corn starch), the bags require less energy to produce than conventional plastic.  If composted, the material breaks down in approximately eight weeks, or in a landfill site, nearer to a year, which is still significantly less than other forms of plastic.  At the moment only one size is available (100mm x 220mm) and it does not have a locking device accross the top.  It is however, economical. 

As the minimum order is several thousand we have more than enough for our need, so if anyone would like to try the mini-bag, I would be pleased to share the consignment.  It is suggested that orders are in multiples of 100, at a cost of £3.50 per 100, plus postage. 

Please contact Alex Seth-Smith at the Textile Conservancy by This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or tel: 01580 241 439.  

6. Textile Group Publications List 

Please click here to download the Textile Group publications list, held at the Chantry Library, Oxford, UK. Click here for a list of postprints that are still available to purchase.  

Photocopies of single articles can be requested from the librarian at the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at or tel/ fax: +44 (0)1865 251 303. 

7. MA Conservation Dissertations

MA Textile Conservation Dissertation abstracts produced (2001-2009) at the Textile Conservation Centre (TCC) while it was attached to the University of Southampton can be read here. A link at the same address will also take you to a list of dissertations produced for the Textile Conservation Diploma (1978- 2000).

I am sure you are all aware by now that following a short hiatus an MPhil Textile Conservation is now on offer at the University of Glasgow.

Click here for a link to the dissertation and report title list produced by RCA/V&A MA programme students (1990- 2009) . If you have any enquiries or wish to organise an appointment to view a title contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at the V&A. Please note that dissertations are reference only and cannot be copied.

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