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Two Ways to Create Ruched Velvet | Insider Video

Turn plain velvet into a highly textured fabric that's perfect for sumptuous accents on apparel and accessories.

Feb 20, 2018

Kenneth D. King demonstrates two methods for creating densely textured velvet that mimics the look of Persian lamb or astrakhan. The basic technique involves stitching on velvet yardage to create a tightly ruched surface. Once the ruching is complete use the fabric to add a luxe touch to jackets, coats, and eveningwear.

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  1. User avater MsJane February 20th

    Thanks Kenneth but there is a super easy way to create this texture. It’s a white nylon fabric that you stitch gridlike or randomly to the wrong side of your Fabric. It’s called Fabric Magic. Then get the steam iron and steam the heck out of it. It ruches up before your eyes and the more steam the more ruching. I’ve used it on the collar and cuffs of this coat. The synthetic velour works the best. Tried to add a photo but it won’t take the picture in this format. Loved your podcast just shared wIth with about 85 students Jane Foster

    gives the best results

  2. user-6882499 February 28th

    Love The King! Not just informative; but also fun to watch and makes you feel that anything is possible. Thank you!

  3. Delica March 6th

    Fabulous. Wish I had come across this video last week when I was working on a custom project. Other information I found about ruching in my books and online did not show this grid stitching. Definitely am going to incorporate this technique in an item soon.

  4. jodiwell May 6th

    You can also use a smocking pleater with the needles spaced very wide. Fabric can be run through in lengthwise and then in crosswise sections. It goes quite fast for larger pieces of fabric.

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