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Class Act Fabrics is closing for a Sabbatical. I'm going back to school and need to study hard! I don't want to try to do both school and a store...its been a long time since I was last in school.
Class Act Fabrics ...Velvets...
Fabricmonger to Crowns of the West Kingdom, SCA
Velvet was manufactured in Europe in the late 13th century, chiefly in Italy and
Spain. The earliest reference to its use in England that I have found was in
1278....Edward I's bed hangings. By the early 14c. it was no longer rare but still
expensive. Many velvets were half-silk velvets, with a warp of silk, a weft of linen or
hemp, and a pile of silk. There have even been wool velvets
There were plain velvets, some patterned with floral designs, stripes and checks, and some with metal threads woven in. Velvet had a fine weave also: 45 warp threads per cm and 24 weft threads per cm in one sample. There were "voided" velvets, uncut pile patterned velvets, metal thread ground velvets and more!
The swatch colors have been
fiddled with to try to
match the original fabrics as close as possible...sigh.
I have a problem taking pictures of velvets....the colors either have speckles or they don't reflect a color at all. I try to get as many 'drapes' and folds as I can because the color will be there somewhere. most of the velvets look very dark in the thumbnails but lighter full size. I try to give the right color description in words.
click on the fabrics enlarge them and see the details
CLICK ON THE PICTURE FOR A VERY LARGE PIC.
...swatches are available for a self-addressed, stamped envelope and a quarter
click to enlarge to show color/sparkle
59" rayon velvet
98% rayon/2% lurex
A glitzy velvet with more hand than a plain rayon or rayon silk velvet. The silver lurex woven into the ground makes a subtle shimmer.
I'm trying a second picture with my new camera. This one shows the back
of the fabric too. Perhaps between the two it will give you a better idea.
This would be such a great holiday outfit!
45" velvet, "pleat-creased"
A very interesting effect! Wish I could figure out what to use it for.
I took another picture with my new camera. I think you can see better that the pile is black with a blue sheen caused by the gold ground.
What do you
think about a long skirt?
about 5-6 yards left
click to enlarge to show the lurex stripes
#061 - 062
45" rayon pile/silk back
white velvet with gold lurex stripe
#062...black velvet with silver lurex stripe
Think plush tuxedo style gown...or sweater style wrap...or Grecian toga...or Empire ball gown...or drapey wedding gown.
Would make striking Goth too
about 5-6 yards of black/silver left
58" stretch velvet, polyester
Easy care, fun to wear!
This would make a spectacular riding tunic...or skating, dance, or fencing outfits ;)
black with gold rose
and vine print
page updated 10/30/2011