During the turn of the 19th century, velvet was only afforded by those with great wealth. It became a symbol of comfort and luxury, a symbol that has not faded since. Plain weave velvet is solid and thick with no patterns. Cut velvet is often seen in home decor that features patterns cut out around a muslin, linen or cotton base. Crushed velvet is also found in decor and clothing. This style of fabric is thinner than plain weave but solid unlike cut velvet.
Because of the light absorbing quality of velvet, it makes a perfect background for shadowboxes and photo boxes. A shadowbox is a decorative display box, usually containing art, that you can hang on a wall. They were popularised in Victorian times according to Home Museum. Crafters today still pride themselves on making them. With a velvet lined box you can put small lights inside to highlight a piece of art or artefact you are displaying. The velvet fabric absorbs the light creating a shadowless display box in which your piece of art will glow.
If you find yourself with a lot of extra velvet fabric consider recovering an old chair, sofa or bench seat. Country Home reminds crafters that sewing velvet yourself is difficult because of its tendency to fray. Consult with an expert before attempting to cover a piece of furniture yourself. Another less common and more lavish item to upholster with velvet is walls. Instead of installing heavy wainscoting, cover the bottom halves of a Victorian style dining room or study with cut velvet for exotic texture and rich colour.
Velvet makes exceptional evening wear and formal clothing. Dresses, jackets, handbags, scarves, skirts and blouses are all items that you can make from velvet fabric. For a less experienced seamstress, purchase modern polyester velvet for an easier fabric to work with. Whether working with modern or traditional velvets, Fashion Era reminds crafters to take their time and avoid cutting corners. Use a familiar pattern and reserve some extra scraps to test seams and stitches on before sewing your garment.
Daytime sleepers will love having velvet curtains. The thickness of the fabric will block all light from entering the room and provide almost total darkness. Additionally, the look of velvet curtains adds a regal appearance to any space. Simple curtains can be made to hang on rods, or they can be attached to a track for easy adjustment. Cut velvet will allow light through the thin portions and highlight the fabric's paisleylike patterns.