Linoleum Textile Relief on Black Velvet

To create clear impressions on velvet use a linoleum block with deep bold lines. Choose a botanical (flower and/or leaves). Prepare the block by carving away the background. Follow safety rules.

To emboss designs on velvet you need fabric, stamps, an iron and ironing board, and a mister bottle of water. Preheat the iron to a medium-hot temperature (I use a dry setting between wool and cotton), then follow the steps in in the photos below.





Embossing step #1

Embossing step #21. After laying a piece of velvet face down on lino block, mist it with water and press for 20 to 30 seconds.

Embossing step #32. Lift off the iron to reveal the design impressed on the wrong side.






A piece of Alençon lace (above left) and gridded wire trim (above right) were used to emboss the velvet scarf (below).

Embossed velvet scarf

Annie Coan sews, embosses, and embroiders in Mohegan Lake, New York.

Mary Benagh O’Neil of Nashville, Tennessee, is the owner of the stamp company Hot Potatoes.

Photos: Scott Phillips and David Coffin