Originally Posted by damthrill
that seems good. I am not super picky and am willing to drop size a little for price savings. That rosebrand looks like it is the ticket. I was hoping there was maybe something like this at jo anns fabric, it is local...
They very well might be....so if time allows....request / get a Sample, and take it in for a comparison.
Celtic Cloth has always been popular material in Stage Production environs. It's been used / spoken about on both Screens and DIY Screens since the beginning. And you bet, others have done what you yourself are considering....down to procuring samples and finding lower cost alternatives. In this sense, what goes around, comes around. Very, very little is new "under the Sun"....but often time makes info contained on related Threads / Links subject to scarcity.....or downright obscurity. In this case, my not recalling the Threads where there is info on where to obtain the largest possible width Bolt of Fine Mesh 4-Way Stretch Spandex. For that stuff works spectacularly great for the dollar invested, as several with "Spandex - Acoustically Transparent Screens" will testify. But that size issue....that's the issue. I'm believing you can get up to the 180" size with specially "Inline ordered" 4-Way Stretch Spandex. O seem to recall that a 96" wide piece of 4-Way Spandex X 12' (4 yrds) can easily stretch out to those dimensions. But don't expect to come close to getting even 140" diagonal with the size material available from JoAnns or Hancock Fabrics. And if you did, be certain that the material is gonna be more Pricey locally as well.
Getting samples can be fun, and take less time than one would imagine....or it can be a time consuming drudge at best, and a disaster at worst if a poor choice is made. A quality image via Rear Projection is something to wanna have. But there are limits as to how much is really "gained" by saving, while much is lost "visually wise" So unless your willing to just take a suggestion to breast and go for it, the responsibility lies in your decision making process. Keeping that in mind, the idea of taking one's time and finding out / confirming which material will do a "more than acceptable" job for a lot less money.
The supposed "Fun" in all that is the potential of someone finding a "more than acceptable" alternative to a expensive Mfg item that comes in at a fraction of the cost (75% less)
...and brook no mistake. When that happens, people do in fact get very happy.
So it's worth exploring your options if you have the time and the varying amount of patience needed. Many do not.