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Burlap and Lace Pillows

Today, I’m sharing with you a little collection of burlap and lace pillows  …. I just love the contrast of the coarse and sturdy burlap with the delicacy of the vintage linen and lace ….

burlap and lace french country cushions

It all started a while back …. I needed to recover a couple of chairs in our sitting room, and it needed to be something relatively inexpensive and hard wearing, as the children regularly throw food, drink and other dirt on the chairs – no matter what I do to try and stop them!

burlap slipcover

The chairs came out pretty well – and are holding up nicely. But I had some burlap left over after I was all done …. and that sort of thing nags at me.

It was rather accidental that I had some lace out, and just noticed how wonderfully it contrasted with the burlap …. but I guess that’s the nature of serendipity. And it seemed to me that the two fabrics together encapsulated everything I love best about modern country style – simple fabrics and textures,  but subtly feminine nonetheless. Shabby chic, without the fuss and frills ….

So – cushions, then …. and a chance to indulge myself and use some of my vintage linens and laces …..

burlap and lace cushion / pillow

Half a lace-edged crisp, white, vintage linen tray cloth appliqued onto one side, and strips of vintage lace trim on the other ……

burlap and lace cushion / pillow

And another, this time with a little cluster of fabric flowers ….. organza, tulle and lace …. set with vintage buttons

burlap and lace cushion / pillow

and with an antique lace doily taking centre stage …. I think this one is my favourite. There is less of a contrast in terms of tone, but the delicacy of the lace looks amazing over that burlap.

burlap and lace cushions / pillows

mmmmm – they look so good together ……

but equally delicious, I think, on their own.

And available now – along with some of my other cushions – in my Etsy store

TAST 2012 – Buttonhole and Cretan Stitch

I’m on a little bit of a catchup with my ‘Take a Stitch Tuesday‘ 2012 challenge …. between commissions, visiting my new nephew and decorating the kitchen, weekend sewing has taken a little bit of a backseat for the last couple of weeks.

So … here we have the week 2 stitch – buttonhole. I’ve used it before, in it’s ‘purest’ form, in the ‘Til death us do part’ white cloth …

and in the ‘Eve’s Garden’ quilt I’m using buttonhole wheels for some of the floral detail ….

So for the challenge I wanted to try something a bit different … using the stitch to build up a picture, again … I’m not going to show you the entire piece, because I don’t like it! Still, I was pretty pleased with my spider web ….

And I like buttonhole stitch as a way of building up drifts of grasses …

So it wasn’t a complete write-off 😉

I missed the week of feather stitch … I might try and combine it with this week’s challenge – herringbone stitch – when I come to it this weekend.

Moving onto this week, then, and Cretan stitch … it’s not a stitch I’ve used widely before, other than as a decorative hemming stitch. But I liked the idea of experimenting with it a little, so thought I’d do a more straightforward sampler, using the stitch for hemming, couching, and decoratively … but playing with the idea of layering fabrics and combining pieces of broken costume jewellery into the piece.

So, from the top … worked in perle 12, a fairly straightforward up-and-down to couch the cord onto the lace and the linen backing, and then using nr 3 linen floss to couch down the string of faux-pearls. Then back to the perle 12, to pick up the detail in the vintage lace and quilt it down onto the linen backing …. I thought this was really pretty.

And over at the far side, using cretan stitch to couch down a piece of gold chain … I “love” this.

And just visible on the strip of broderie, some layered cretan stitch in different threads – perle 12, nr 3 linen floss and perle 5.

Below that, I’ve used a very tight, closed, small, diagonal cretan stitch to create a ‘wreath’ effect along the bottom of the broderie, and then a knotted cretan stitch for the beading. Below that, closed cretan stitch to hem the organza ribbon over the strip of silk. And then couching again, to hem the strip of beaded ribbon over the edges of the silk and the lace trim.

Overall, I’m pretty happy with the finished piece … I’ve fringed the edges of the backing linen and I think it’s a pretty little valentine … I’m going to back it, and put a sleeve on it, and hang it on a wall (permanently, without the nasty pins!).