Velvet on My Mind, Velvet on My Loom

Velvet on my Mind, Velvet on my Loom is the first compendium of the history and practice of velvet weaving worldwide. The focus of the book is handwoven velvet. It delves into and connects aspects of velvet weaving that are largely absent from social history or art historical works. The extensive historical information will be of interest to historians and weavers alike. The technical information will assist curators, conservators, and weavers to understand the knowledge embedded in the practice.

Part 1, Velvet on my Mind, surveys the practice of velvet weaving, complimenting documentary and artefactual evidence with experimental archaeology and analysis of the earliest likely methods and tools. By presenting velvet weaving within historical and regional contexts, it is shown to be a significant technological innovation and economic product. The devastating effects of the 19th century evolutions of mechanised velvet production on the handweaving industry are also covered. The full-colour illustrations highlight the particular artistic styles of representative velvets from diverse cultures, while the many drawings complement and clarify the text, especially where examples are not available.

Part 2, Velvet on my Loom, discusses the principles of extra-warp pile velvets, and its distinctions from other kinds of pile fabric, structurally and technologically. It outlines the many varieties of velvet that have emerged, along with their structural features and methods of weaving. This section presents the knowledge that underlies the skills that produce handwoven velvet, which are still of value to adventurous contemporary handweavers, fibre artists, and textile designers. Not only can these chapters inspire new artistic weavings, they can also assist contemporary textile designers to expand the repertoire of commercially woven velvets. Contemporary handweavers can experiment with the adaptations of looms and techniques that are presented with a view to working with available tools, including commonly available handlooms, dobby looms, and drawlooms. The technical features of velvet are amply represented with many structural drawings, weaving drafts, and photographs of tools and methods.

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Posted July 11, 2019 by Veloutiere

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