Thursday, December 11, 2008

Embossed Velvet

The hand-dyed velvet scarves have been embossed. It's a simple process, and makes them each unique. For complete instructions, go to the Hot Potatoes website. At the top of the page, there's a link for "Stamping Velvet" which describes the process in detail.

Here are partial views of a couple of the scarves:

The embossing/stamping process flattens out the pile of the velvet in areas, which changes the way the surface reflects light. Simple, quick to do, and very effective.

The first two were embossed with rubber stamps, and the last with some carved wood batik blocks I bought at a long-ago weaving conference. I never did get around to learning to do batik dyeing, but the blocks work very well for stamping velvet, so the blocks have come in very handy.


Kimberly (Woven ~N~ Spun) said...

Those look so neat. Can you achieve the same (or similar effect) using rayon chenille?

neki desu said...

love the water series.
thank you for the link and if i only had one more life :)

neki desu