Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Velvet Embossing

Fifteen years ago, the look of cut velvet in home decor was all the rage. This is the technique I used to achieve the look at home on the cheap, for table runners, Christmas stockings, and wine bottle bags. What ever tickles your fancy.

The cast of characters: An iron, a water mister bottle, a rubber stamp, and velvet. The velvet must be made of rayon or rayon-acetate.



Set your iron on the wool or cotton setting with no steam.
Mist both sides of your velvet lightly, with water.
Place the velvet nap side down over your stamp. While I'm using a foam stamp here, a regular hard rubber stamp is preferable. The foam stamp starts to melt after a few uses.



Press the iron on the fabric over your rubber stamp. Do NOT move the iron, just press for 30-40 seconds. Use a piece of scrap velvet to start with so you can determine the time that works best for your fabric.



Lift your iron and look at your amazing handiwork.



Move the stamp to anew section of fabric and continue with your design.

15 comments:

Diane of Crafty Passions said...

Wow who would of thought!!!!!
Thanks for the idea and tutorial.
Diane

sarahelizabeth said...

How easy is that! A lot better than using an acid etch for sure

Laura B said...

so cool! it is an easy way of doing a technique we did at art school during printing, when you scorch the velvet away with chemicals, I can't remember what it was called :) This looks so much easier and planet friendly, thanks for sharing :)

Kudzu said...

Beautiful work on the velvet, what a great project for my own Christmas. And I'd like to say how I was inspired by your gift card bracelet, and I plan on using the idea a lot in the next few months. Thanks for the inspiration and I'd like to choose you to be tagged by me.

Yvonne Young said...

Just found your site on Stumbleupon site, it`s brilliant. I`m sending this blog around to my friends, one has just started a textiles course at Norwich Uni, the information you provide will be great. YY

Don Crane said...

Very cool!

Oh2122 said...

Velvet always makes me think of Christmas too!

I may have to invent a project to try this.

coolingstar9 said...

wow, this is the first time come to your site.
I enjoy seeing all these nice design.

artgirlATL said...

I'm planning on re-purposing some crushed velvet dresses this holiday season into pillows... and this will be the perfect treatment. Love your method.

Meaghan said...

I absolutely love that bracelet! Great blog, you are very creative.

-Meaghan

ctb18 said...

I'm winding down after a crazy week by looking at all your wonderful crafts. I'm also getting inspired! Thanks!

tales from an O.C. cottage said...

GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

M %..^

Kristin said...

This is AWESOME! Thanks for posting this!

Mrs. Limestone said...

I tried this years ago and it didn't work. Of course I didn't realize the velvet had to be rayon. Now I know the secret :)

Sonia said...

Ooh, I love this technique..its so very cool and happening!! Thanks so much for sharing!!