Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Vintage Cut Velvet Fabrics and Pouches

As cooler weather approaches, I start thinking about "winter" textiles...Corduroy, wool, velvet, cable knit, even Tartan plaids. One of my favorites is a vintage upholstery type fabric referred to as cut velvet or voided velvet.
It has a fabulous texture. Definition from the Textile Glossary: "Velvet with a cutout pattern or pile effect. Often seen with brilliant designs and patterns. Made on a Jacquard loom from a variety of fibers."
I'm not sure of the fiber content of mine, but they all washed up beautifully.

The vintage stuff is quite elusive, becoming harder and harder to find. And the new cut velvet upholstery fabrics are very expensive.
However, this summer I was thrilled to find several pieces; one at a flea market (the burgundy piece) and two at auction (2-toned blues). The green leaf above is one that I found several years ago.
I love the look of this elegant fabric used in a casual everyday item, so I've decided to use some of it to make zip pouches.
And even though its not one of the velvets, I made this pouch below from a vintage 60's fabric and just love it!!!
These will be listed on etsy or the website.

My computer is giving me fits lately and its taking me forever to load and edit photos. The monitor went out on me last week, so I've replaced that, but I think I may need to get a new computer as well. On the bright side, though, since I haven't been able to do much on the computer, I've gotten a lot of sewing done. :-)

19 comments:

GeorgiaPeachez said...

Oh so yummy, I could dive right into that first picture. xo, suzy

lesthook said...

I have a piece about 2 yards that looks a lot like that. I wonder if it is the same.Is it stiff? Love what you did with it!

willywagtail said...

What beautiful fabrics. They work so well with the plain ones. Lovely. Cherrie

goldenbird said...

I love that vintage upholstery and the pouches you made! They are gorgeous, especially the ones made with the blue and white fabric. I have a few small purses that were handmade from upholstery and I adore them. Computer problems are so frustrating ... I hope you get things straightened out soon.

Melody said...

What rich looking fabric. Great work. Hope the comp trouble eases up for you.

Stephanie said...

You always find the perfect projects for your gorgeous fabrics! You can not go wrong with blue and green. :o) There must be a monitor gremlin on the loose. Several bloggers have had to buy new monitors!

Sugar Bear said...

Oh what delicious fabric! Love the colors and it makes pefect pouches.
Karla

Apron of the Month Club said...

Wow, this is my first visit to your blog and it was so enjoyable. I love fabrics and sewing. I can get lost for hours in fabric stores. Please welcome a visit to south Texas at my blog http://apronofthemonthclub.blogspot.com/

Yoli :)

Jillian said...

The pouches are perfect! What great stocking stuffers. Wish I could make those!

Thank you for your supportive comment today about my blog! I think I do need to do something...either take a break or combine the two. Time will tell!

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

You sure brought back some memories for me with these fabrics. My mom was an upholsterer and I used to sit on the floor of the shop and play with all the velvet scraps, the blue florals were always my favorite!

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Gorgeous fabrics!!! Love all of them! Thanks for stopping by to visit too! So nice to meet you!

Cathy said...

Really pretty, The colors are so rich and beautiful. Great little change purses.

xo Cath

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

THe velvet ones are fabulous. Love the textures. The other one is cute too!

Wagonwife Designs said...

Love the texture. The look gorgeous.
I always love your color combinations.
Debra

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

The cut velvet is lovely. I have wonderful memories of cut velvet couches from my childhood. My daughter had the most wonderful cut velvet carpet bag she bought from Anthropologie years ago. I was in love with it and tried to get one too but they were out by the time I decided to get one. Hers was stolen! Yikes it was bad. Someone broke the window in her car and took everything out while she was getting her hair cut. Anyway I've thought about making a bag for years out of the cut velvet but yes, pricey! Love it though.

Sue@MyArtsDesire said...

Beautiful fabric! I love going into the huge warehouses of decorator fabrics and just walking {touch, touch, touch, touch} every delicious piece. If you tied my hands, and said I couldn't touch, I'm sure I'd self-destruct!

KitschKrafts said...

Years ago I found a quilt made from these types of fabric. It is totally falling apart, but I still use it all the time. Love all of your pouches.

Cris said...

wow - what beautiful fabrics...and the pouch is darling. I think I need to dust off my sewing machine -

FleaMarketTrixie said...

Wow! how cute are those...love them