Thursday, December 12, 2013

Velvet Embossing

I really love playing with different fabrics and Hand Dyed Velvets are just so luscious to work with.

Embossing velvet is a lot of fun and I recently demonstrated this technique at Houston at the Mixed Media session. It was a lot of fun once the power came on. It is a bit hard to demonstrate with an iron if there is no power.

First I brushed some thick fabric paint onto a rubber stamp. You can use wooden, perspex or any stamp which can take a bit of heat. I have stabilised the velvet with some iron on lightweight stabiliser/interfacing. This makes it easier to cut and sew the velvet later. BTW - it only seems to work with Silk Velvet - I've tried it with cotton velvet and it just doesn't seem to work as well. My velvet is 18% Silk and 82% Rayon and works perfectly.
Place the stamp with the paint surface facing up and the velvet facing down and with a warm iron (no steam), press gently moving the iron around for 10-15 seconds.
Peel off the velvet off the stamp - it will stick a little as the paint should have now dried a bit.
Repeat over the surface of the velvet
Now it is ready to be cut up and used in your fabric creation. 
If you want to try this yourself I have put together some little kits of hand dyed velvet, Lumiere paint, a Sherrill Kahn Rubber stamp and a foam brush. Of course we have a rainbow of hand dyed velvet fat quarters too all on the


Emma said...

Would the white rubbery stuff that we used in you class to carve stamps stand up to the heat ok?

Lisa Walton said...

Yes it works really well Emma.

DonaleeK said...

wow.... I just did this, and it's so great! Works like a charm with stamps I've carved myself using Speedball Speedy-Carve, the pink stuff. I wish I knew how to attach a photo here for your review. Thanks Lisa!!