That is good stuff, and I believe that it is basically valid,
however, is not modern velveteen made using a different technique
than velvet is? That is velvet is woven such that the weft comes
out as little loops that are automatically cut, but the 'pile' of
cotton velveteen fibers are integrated in a different way.
I don't fully understand the technique, to be honest.
However, if that is basically true, than pre 18th C. cotton velvets
would be like modern silk velvets with its looser hairy-ness (for
lack of a better word) and clearly visible submatrix, and unlike
modern velveteen which looks and feels, as you say, flocked.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Linda" <fabrix@m...> wrote:
> > Maria Pienkneplotno..... Polish fabric merchant :-D
> Maria --
> Thank you for the lesson! I'm always interested in
> lessons on period fabrics, it's nice to see it here in
> Do you merchant, or is that your persona?
> Sfandra Dmitreva
> (and now I won't hesitate any longer about buying
> cotton velveteen! :D )
> Sfandra, yes, this is my persona, my business and my 'habit'. I'm a
> retired art teacher with a fabric store and the 'need to know it
> My mundane store is Class Act Fabrics (www.classactfabrics.com)
> Pennsic store is "Dragon's Magic"...the brown slavic house on
> I'm having 'issues' with my website and updating it at the moment
> I do a lot of textile research (and have the library, and empty
> to prove it ;). Thanks to a couple good friends I also have some
> of very important research information (thank you again !!!!!!!)
> Occasionally I come up with a class or two. At Pennsic I
do 'Fabric 101'
> every year...identifying fibers (how to do a burn test),
> modern fabric stores, basic fabric structure, etc. I'm working on
> presentation for 'Fiber, Fabric & Fighting III' on Nov 18-20 in
> Nithgard: "Medieval and Renaissance Textiles: emphasis on wool"
> subtitled: 'No They Did Not Wear Burlap!" ;)
> Every so often I can come up with something that applies to our
> world... Some of the most expensive and best quality wool
> were shipped to Poland...however, most kept right on going out the
> side to richer markets.
> And there are always 'complications' that arise...i.e....
> Velvet and velveteen can be so many things! There are many
> 'feels' to cotton velveteens! The name velveteen is technically
> applied to the fabric when the pile is made from an extra WEFT
> while the name velvet is technically when the pile is made from an
> extra WARP thread.
> However....how many people carry a linen tester or magnifying
> them to determine which is what?! So we usually call the cotton
> velveteen.... unless the pile is more loosely packed and is longer
> There are velvets that are so tight and short that they feel more
> flocking (short lint fibers that are glued to a very tight, thin
> The pile can be so loose that your fingers sink into it
> loose that it feels cheap. And on... You get the idea. Names
> indicate the manufacturer's idea and not reality ;)
> The weavers in any of our periods could have been capable of the
> spectacular things!!! Both in design and in craftsmanship. The
> to choose a fabric, knowing that they had the fiber and the
> is to judge by your persona's personal wealth, privilege, class,
> The longer it took to make, the more costly materials used and the
> farther it had to be transported will determine its affordability
> persona. If you had enough money you could get anything you wanted
> (generally speaking).
> Fabrics were transported on the trade routes from the earliest
> times. The best wools found their way to the Mediterranean regions
> in the earlier Medieval era when trade was less expensive and
> even cheap, lightweight wools went too. The cottons went west and
> their way to the wealthy and important. The people who weren't
> important had the fabrics that were made locally with local
> And no, darn it all, I don't have a map by date of what raw
> were available where, along with trade routes... Anybody else have
> could input into my research?
> Pretty please?
> I will be going to the Endless Hills event on Nov
> if anyone wants a particular fabric I can bring it. I could do
> same for 'Fabric, Fiber & Fighting III' also.
> And as you can tell....I love to talk about fabric.
> Maria P
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