Re: [Authentic_SCA] Velvet
- Very late reply here, I've been on vacation.
On 5/11/06, Bookwyrm <bookwyrm.com@...> wrote:
> Does anybody else know whether or not wool velvet is documentable? Sources?
I'm pretty sure wool was woven into velvets in period, but don't have
documentation on hand.
> Heck, a vendor for 100% silk velvet at less than $100 per metre?
> (Yes, this is a narrow project. I can get away with buying a quarter
> metre or less.)
If it's a small project, you might try going vintage. I deconstructed
a c. 1930 black silk velvet dress to use for the trim on my most
recent project, a 1470s V-neck Burgundian.
Found it on ebay, very cheap, and bleach-tested a swatch when it got
here. Lucky for me, it was 100% and very luxurious. If you only
need narrow widths, don't forget about velvet ribbons, especially
since their generally shorter pile may be more appropriate.
> If neither of the above, would cotton be a better choice for
> authenticity (being a natural fibre, though a cellulose rather than a
> protein fibre) or would silk-back, synthetic-pile be a better choice?
> Or all synthetic? A wool/synthetic blend? Does rubber backing really
> matter if one isn't going to be encasing oneself in it?
Rubber backing is awful, I hate it. It will affect the drape, and is
surprisingly hot even in small amounts. I generally think that cotton
velvets or velveteens provide a closer look to the original materials
than synthetic pile velvets do. I haven't seen wool velvet in person,
so I can't really comment on that one.
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Good evening. My paologies for this overly late post (and poor
spelling, it's been a long couple of months). This site
https://www.mini-magic.com/ has some very nice fabrics, including
cotton velveteen, silk backed/rayon pile velvet (good for Devore, akd
burnout), and 100% silk velvet. Yes, they do differentiate between the
2. The 100$ silk velvet is about $30/yd US, and I've seen the
swatches. It appears to be very nice, esp if you're only needing a
relatively small amount. So far it's the only place I've found
anywhere that actually has 100% silk, instead of the much more common
silk/rayon blend. You can order swatches from them to see if it's
right for you. Good luck on your project!
WhiteRaven - Back to lurking