I've been collecting vintage Italian bedspreads for years.....with plans to give them a new life as one-off fashion pieces.
I designed a few clutches about four years ago, using this extra special textile, but it's only been in the last six months that I've really taken the leap to design whole collections featuring this fabulous element. And it appears you LOVE these designs!
The vintage velvet fever is clearly contagious
In the studio one day, gone the next. Tote bags, clutches and bespoke bags featuring this Italian velvet are being designed by me, coming back from the dressmakers to my studio, and then promptly being sold. Designs are being shipped to every state and territory in Australia, with plenty of interest from international followers on Instagram too.
Glory box pieces that were treasured
These vintage velvet bedspreads and wall hangings are fabulously extravagant and were commonly given to couples as a wedding gift in the 1950's, 60's and 70's. They were typically treasured and often remained completely unused, sitting neatly folded and protected in glory boxes. Until now.
Beautiful to behold and hold
The cherubs, the floral scenes, the vibrant colour-ways - it's all so beautiful to view and accessorise with, but also to touch. As a textile-lover, it's probably not a surprise that I'm also a tactile person. I love the feel of things. If something is enjoyable to touch, the whole experience of that item is elevated for me. And these designs feel extra-specially good.
The customer feedback warms my heart
The private messages and public comments about these designs has been incredibly generous and even gushing at times. As a small business owner and designer, the impact of these kind words is significant. Thank you for your support and encouragement.
A bit of the velvet back story
According to the Textile Research Centre, velvet is Chinese in origin and it likely came to Europe via the Silk Road, or westwards via the Mongols and their migrations in the thirteenth century.
"During the Industrial Revolution, velvet production improved and became more widely available, catalysing a spurt in the fabric among the glamorous and the fashion-conscious. From the 1900s, velvet was a staple in both the fashion and interiors worlds." Emma Jane, Soho Home.
A 1970's velvet suit top from Potts Point Vintage.
The velvet hunt, design and making process continues
I've got an abundance of design ideas running through my mind that feature vintage velvets. I love to team this versatile textile with modern elements, like chunky chain straps and flamboyant zipper charms. The old and new fusion is a design note that resonates with me - and that I use often.
Thanks for joining in my creative endeavor. I'm so happy to have you here.
Piece By Piece Home Textile Designer & Small Business Owner.