Monday, 4 February 2013

Decorate It Yourself - PROJECT ONE

 My love of old linen and lace took a new direction in January when I opened up my own on-line haberdashery store.  As a maker myself of The Vintage Drawer, my studio becomes a little overwhelming at times with my obsession to hoard - I also love to encourage to make too, so the two go hand in hand with the store and a diy project or two.  So if you browse The Linen Garden shelves feeling inspired and wanting to play but  not too sure what to do and make - then let me be the first to set you a project this February. There will be a project for you to follow each month.

Decorate-It-Yourself - PROJECT ONE
Not only do I hoard linens but I hoard vases and vessels too.  There is nothing more pleasing than coming in from the shops armed with a cluster of colour or popping into the garden to collect a few seasonal snippets, choosing the right vase, arranging and then working out where they will look just 'fabulous' here is another layering for that decoration to be complete - a pretty home made 'vase collar'.... 

You will need:
antique cuff or collar or selection of wide lace
ribbon for ties
cut flower pack from The Linen Garden shop
a few extra haberdashery details also from The Linen Garen shop
cotton thread
embroidery thread
needles and pins
a comfy chair and inspiring background music

 STEP 1: Choose your background, a straight edged antique cuff or lace panel, you can also sew a lovely selection of lace together to form your ground.  If a collar is used with a slight curve then a more frill  effect will be achieved where the vase collar will stand out from the vase (I call these 'vase pinnies').  
Both methods are lovely (you can see a pinny version below)
STEP 2: Attach your ribbon of equal lengths, you may want to test the length first to ensure you will have enough ribbon to make a tie. Two 50cm lengths will be a good start - you can always cut down later if they are too long for your vase.  Use a few tidy straight stitches to attach, you can always place a pretty crochet flower or fabric flower over the join for extra decoration.
STEP 3: Arrange your cut flowers and haberdashery into varied compositions until you have a design you are happy with.
STEP 4: Pin carefully in place and using small stitches sew each panel and piece in place.
STEP 5: For extra detail take some off cuts of lace and crochet and hand sew down detail for the centre of your flower(s) with embroidery thread - lovely varied size seed stitches (small running stitch) in different colours would look perfect.
 STEP 6: Treat yourself to something special in bloom or lovely cuttings from teh garden - find the perfect vessel - tie around the straight vertical edges of your vase - pop the kettle on - sit back with a cuppa and admire your work.
 ...and here is the pinny version - a little more 'frilly'....

Please note vintage haberdashery, cut flower packs and lace potter & sew packs are popped on the shelves every few days - so if you can't find what you are looking for on the shelves at The Linen Garden then please send me a message at and I will be happy to help.

I would also love to see your creations made with The Linen Garden products - please send me your images too to the email address above.....

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