Stretch Velvet: has advantages to other velvets.
In hooking the stretch allows for various loop height and width to give interesting contrast to wool. Because of its weight, the loops drape nicely and do not get buried into the backing or adjoining wool.
In braiding the weight of the velvet provides a plump braid whether stuffed or braided plain.
In applique the velvet can be fused or used as is and since it doesn't fray or shred, it cuts cleanly for a perfect edge.
My taffeta has a shiny texture, a nice contrast to wool and the softness of the velvet. It has ridges which adds interest and texture when hooked, braided or sewn.
Many of the taffetas and velvets come from the same dyepots so are complimentary.
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Me... Dianne Tobias
As a traditional rug hooker and rug braider, I enjoy working with wool.
A number of years ago, I began incorporating velvet into both hooking and braiding. It was a natural progression to begin dyeing wool to obtain desired colors when I couldn’t find them commercially. It was just an evolution to incorporate the two and I begin to dye velvet.
Taffeta, sometimes called 'poor man's silk' followed, as both the velvet and taffeta could marry in the dyepot.
I am a retired pharmacist so experimenting with dye fascinates me. I find the combination of creativity and exactness fit my personality perfectly!
I am the co author of "Combining Rug Hooking and Braiding. Basics, Borders and Beyond" (Schiffer, 2011). I have taught at ATHA, TIGHR and at various other venues.