Thursday, 1 December 2011

Burlap & Lace

Having finished all my orders for Christmas and with just one day off left before packing up for our trip to the UK I decided to make some pretties for myself and, inspired by Sugar Lump Studio's and Lost Bird Studio's beautiful vintage Christmas stockings I thought I would have a go myself.
First I printed off the cute snow girl and the vintage Santa from The Graphics Fairy onto some calico that I had ironed on to freezer paper.  Remember how I was so afraid to try this technique until a few weeks ago?  Well now I can't seem to stop!  Next I cut out two stocking shapes from a piece of burlap and two from calico.  I ironed on some wonderunder to the back of the burlap which made it much easier to handle.  Then I had lots of fun sewing on vintage lace, beads and ribbons.  I made a cuff from some lovely damask fabric from the thrift store.  Then I simply sewed the calico backs on and hemmed the top.
A little while later I decided to tear two strips of the damask and have a go at making some fabric roses.  Like the freezer paper technique I have been putting this little experiment off for a while too.  BUT how easy was it?  and how pretty??  So now I will be making these darn cute little flowers and sticking them just about everywhere I think!

So anyhow enough of the waffling already, here they are, and I am just so pleased with the way they turned out!

Oooh and did you notice the loverly Christmassy pillow too?  Another image from the Graphics Fairy, Joy to the World, some great red and white Christmas print fabric and Bob's your uncle!  Oh and I also made three little hanging cushion ornaments too...well was I busy or what?

This week I am linking up with:

The Graphics Fairy Brag Monday
Feckled Laundry
Shabby Art Boutique 
ShabbyNest - Frugal Friday
Creation Corner Linky party 


  1. Oh, they are both so cute!! I love the doilies on the stockings, the pillow is gorgeous!!


  2. I really really love these stockings. They so need to be hanging in myhouse...

  3. Such pretty stockings! Wish I could find that kind of burlap. It looks like a finer/tighter weave and just looks perfect with the lace and images you added!

  4. Oh Rona! They're beautiful! You must be so pleased. Could you tell me where you found the tutorial for the freezer paper method? I'd like to try! I searched your blog, but couldn't find the "How to"? Or could you post on it? That'd be awesome! xo

  5. the touches of lace at the heel & toe!

  6. Hi Rona,
    your stockings came out beautifully!!You should link to Brag Monday over at the Graphics Fairy
    as well.Love all the beading you did.Thanks for
    the link back to me:)
    Have a wonderful day.

  7. Thank you Ladies, Beth I got the burlap from Fabricland. Wendy I mailed you instructions!

  8. Beautiful, Rona! I love the stockings! I did notice your pillow. I saved that same image from The Graphics Fairy hoping I'd find a project I could use it for.

    visiting from Textile Party! : )

  9. The Christmas stockings are beautiful. The little pillow is lovely too. Hugs

  10. Thank you, Rona for the friendly comment you left on my blog. I adore the stockings you made. They look so nice with the lace trim. The pillow is lovely, too. Have a wonderful and safe trip.---------- Shannon

  11. Awesome job Rona! I love making stockings, and love the GraphicsFairy- (like you) so it's a true win-win!

    And you finally found a trick that helps your crafting and can't stop--- another win, so it's a win-win-win!

    Nice job, thanks for sharing :D

    Visiting from BRAG MONDAY at GraphicsFairy this morning,
    Suzanne in NW Illinois

  12. These stockings are just lovely : )Perfect shabby chic images for burlap. Makes me wish I could sew!!! hope you have a wonderful time on your trip. Thanks for the kind comments left at polly's. Don't forget to enter the giveaway : )

  13. Adorable shabby stocking.

    Thanks for the comment on my craft show post. I agree about the times...they're hard, especially in the area where I was selling (Flint, MI). I'm going to try another show this coming weekend, so we'll see.

  14. Hi Rona, I just stopped by from Graphics Fairy. I love your stocking! You did a wonderful job on them. I think I have to look into the freezer paper technique, it looks great.
    Thanks for sharing!

  15. so vintage, you did a fantastic job!
    Thanks for linking up to Make the Scene Monday!

  16. Kudos Rona! Your stocking was previewed by "The Graphics Fairy"! Yay! So pretty! xo

  17. SO CUTE! Thanks for sharing----

  18. What technique did you use with the freezer paper. They look lovely. Love them!!! The technique I use doesn't seem to like color ink as well as yours!


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