Saturday, 29 October 2016

Hallowe'en via Christmas Stitches

Christmas stocking production line by Karen Vallerius

This week I planned to stitch a Hallowe'en outfit but was sidetracked in my little Victorian Christmas boot factory (production line photo shown above).  I am taking a stand at Oakham Vintage Fayre on 20th November and as well as lots of lovely vintage sewing patterns and craft books and supplies wanted to sell some items I have stitched using vintage textiles from my collection.  I varied the design of the Victorian boots this year to include a contrast foot section and button effect front.  I love how this design has evolved from those vintage stockings I stitched in previous years.  As always, it has been lovely using buttons, trims and ribbons from my treasure trove of vintage habby.

vintage embroidered linen Victorian Christmas boot by Karen Vallerius

The Victorian boot above was made using sections of hand embroidered linen from a vintage tray cloth.  The soft green glazed chintz complements the flower leaves prettily.  The tucked and broderie anglaise trim dates from the 70s.  Anyone else remember all those flouncy Laura Ashley petticoats?

vintage textile Victorian Christmas boot by Karen Vallerius

One of the things I especially love about sewing with vintage textiles is that it encourages me to consider colour combinations I would never have chosen.  This vintage bird print cotton in bright blue and orange is a case in point!  Although the juxtaposition of such strong colours could be overpowering, the finished effect is vibrant and cheerful.

chinoiserie bird print wallpaper

As well as Victorian Christmas boot production this week, I also managed to fit in some wallpapering and table painting.  Now, getting ready to make a faerie dress today.  Have made them before so should manage to finish it before the witching hour ....



  1. Love the table where it mirrors the wallpaper, inspired idea : )

  2. Thank you, I needed to smarten up these little tables so used some offcuts on the tops, will be using them as bedside tables :)


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