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Velvet

pino | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

Amnyone here have a good source for thick velvet fabrics that they can recommend? My wife and I are renovating an old bungalow and are looking for a very deep olive green velvet for a library curtain.

I have heard mohair velvet is akin to what one might see in a theater-type curtain, but we have no idea where to start looking. If you can recommend a mill or distributor I would be in your debt

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  1. Barbaran8 | | #1

    I don't know where you are located, but for Mohair velvet $$$$, you are going to have to go to a very high end upholstery fabric store - basically in the US, that means a design center in a major city, and you will probably have to hire one of the designers on staff just to be allowed to buy the fabric.

    1. pino | | #2

      Thats what I was afraid of. I am right outside Chicago and can get access to The Merchandise Mart, but I hate the idea of paying a designer to track down something when we already know what we want.

      Thanks for your input.

      1. SewTruTerry | | #7

        How far outside of Chicago?  Have you tried Finn's Fabrics in Barrington?  They cater more to the dress maker but they may have the sources for you.  Also there are several interior designer fabric stores that are popping up these days there is one in Naperville and another in Wheaton off hand I can't think of their names.

        1. pino | | #8

          Thanks, I'll give them a try.

          We're actually in Norhwest Indiana about an hour outside of the city but my work takes me there often. We have only tried Fishman downtown so far.

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    ehBeth | | #3

    This may sound like a bit of an odd suggestion, but consider talking to someone at a local cathedral.  Friends of mine were doing a similar thing - velvet curtains and bench cushions for the library and music room in their 1870's home. The Anglican cathedral had just finished ordering industrial quality (good, strong, gorgeous) velvet for their own purposes - and had all the connections already lined up.  (I'll see if I can poke around in my memory bank for the source)

    1. pino | | #4

      Excellent idea. Thank you.

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        ehBeth | | #5

        You're Chicago-ish - maybe try calling some theatres - set designers for smaller companies often have good, inexpensive connections as well.

  3. SewNancy | | #6

    Aboutt 20 years ago I had kilim pillows made and they were backed with mohair velvet, then it was $100 dollars a yd.!  I really think that is not the appropriate weight for draperies.  It is really upholstry weight. 

    Nancy

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