Antron Fleece Anouncement! Posted by Shawn on Feb 09, 2005
Just wanted to pass some information on for Kathy of Georgia Stage.  She posted this on the Muppets Central board and asked that I relay it here.

Posted by: $1
The rumors are true....the Antron "Puppet" fleece is being discontinued. The company that produces the thread is no longer going to make it. The company that fabricates the material is working on a new fabric and they will have samples ready in the next couple of weeks. Meanwhile, the manufacturer has found another lot of Antron thread and has purchased it. This "LAST" lot will be available mid-late March. If you need fleece or will need it in the future you can place you order to reserve. I know this puts many people in a bind for the future and I will do my best to fill all your orders. I will be putting in this "FINAL" order next week and will need a total then. If you have any questions or just want a sample of the new fabric you can email me at . All the best to all my customers.

She is very busy answering emails and such about this so may not be able to stop by.  You may want to follow the post on  MC
Why Antron? Posted by carpenoctem613 on Mar 21, 2005
What makes Antron different from any other fleece?
Antron Fleece Posted by Billy D. Fuller on Mar 21, 2005
Antron Fleece is made from a synthetic fiber produced by dupont inc. It produces a high quality fleece that is resistant to the material pilling or (getting fuzz balls) on the surface. It comes in different weights of fabric. It is a one sided fabric with a smooth backside for easy application, unlike your common polar fleece,northern lights or other brands used in commercial throws and clothing. Dupont stopped production of that product here and it is now being produced overseas causing the factorys here to stop making the fabric. However the are looking into a alternative product. Whether it meets the same standard we will see. With todays technology I sure it want be a problem, just assuring the general public it as good as antron that is yet to be seen. What do you think they will call the new stuff?
BD Fuller
New Antron fleece Sub? Posted by carpenoctem613 on Mar 29, 2005
This new fabric replacing Antron, will it be better or worse? Does anyone know anything about this new fabric?
Antron Fleece Anouncement! Posted by Shawn on Mar 29, 2005
No not yet.  I'm not even sure Kathy of Gerogia Stage has seen it yet.  Last I spoke with her she whas not even sure of the price yet.  I have been keep my ears and eyes peeled for new info and Kathy should let me know when there is more info. So I'll let everyone know when I do hear.
Antron Fleece Anouncement! Posted by Kathy on Apr 27, 2005
Hi Everyone,

I have seen the new fabric but have not received enough to start sending out samples yet.  That should be soon.  Anyway,  the material looks exactly like the old Antron ...but is slightly softer.  It stretches the same and I'm told dyes the same....I just don't know how it will cover seams or hold up under use.  That will be your decision.  If yo wouldlike samples and I don't have you on my list please email me.

Dyeing Antron Fleece Posted by Billy D. Fuller on Dec 23, 2005
I would like to know for those of you that use Antron Fleece. What type or brand of dyes do you use to dye this type fabric. I have found that rit dye comes out light, and the colors are not as rich as I would like. One package only dyes 3 yards of dry weight fabric. I have tried using less water and then it spots. I have tried the liquid which helps some. I am looking for a good quality dye to use on  the antron, and micro-deneir fleece. Does anyone have a suggestion?
Antron Fleece Anouncement! Posted by Shawn on Dec 23, 2005
This is going to be a bit sketchy since dyeing is not my "cup of tea" but if I re-call synthtics which I am pretty sure this new fiber is dyes best by useing an acid dye process.  The only problem is that as I understand it the process if very toxic.  I have never done it but know that many folks who do a lot of dyeing swear by the results.  Let me see if I can find some more information.
Antron Fleece Anouncement! Posted by Shawn on Dec 23, 2005
Found some links.  First here is the Google Search that got these.  

What kinds of dyes are there -  Has some links at the bottom that may be usefull.
Glossary of Terms - May be usefull for sorting out what some of the sites say.  Also if you back up to the main site it seems to be a site that sells dyes.

Both where towards the top of the search results.  Others looked like they where sites that sell dyes but they may have good info.
Dyes/antron fleece Posted by Billy D. Fuller on Dec 23, 2005
Thanks Wildjoker, I knew this question would come up sooner or later. Hopefully folks will post on the do's and don'ts of dyeing fabric. Might be a good topic for discussion night

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