Velvet is everywhere this season. I for one am a huge fan of velvet for decorating. I use it in pillows to add some texture even though it may be a solid color. I have several pillows very similar in color to the blue ones you see in the picture. A couch or chairs would be amazingly comfortable and quite a statement piece covered in velvet. The patterned velvet in the photo (peach swatch) is fabulous and very rich looking. Now in fashion, I'm not sure the last time I had anything velvet in my wardrobe as I think of it as kind of stiff and thick. It also reminds me of the 80's, am I correct in that? HOWEVER, I am thoroughly on board with the looks here in the phots, using a very thin fabric. You can see the garments have great flow and movement. It looks very classy, yet comfortable. So all of this looking at velvet got me thinking. What really IS velvet, how is it made? Wikipedia: Velvet is a type of woven tufted fabric in which the cut threads are evenly distributed, with a short dense pile, giving it a distinctive feel. Velvet is woven on a special loom that weaves two thicknesses of the material at the same time. The two pieces are then cut apart to create the pile effect, and the two lengths of fabric are wound on separate take-up rolls. This complicated process meant that velvet was expensive to make before industrial power looms became available, and well-made velvet remains a fairly costly fabric. There you go, I love to learn something new like this! How about you? Yes or no to velvet? Show me your velvet pictures!

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