Monday, 28 November 2016

Burghley House Christmas Fair

Christmas Fair at Burghley House

Burghley House near Stamford

We spent a lovely morning at the Christmas Fair at Burghley House, a beautiful Elizabethan house set in fabulous landscaped grounds designed by Capability Brown.

I am always impressed by the amazing Christmas decorations at our stately homes, and those at Burghley did not disappoint.  Above the gorgeous swags and wreaths on the entrance to the Orangery Restaurant.

Christmas Fair at Burghley House

Beautiful details

Burghley House near Stamford

Attention to detail was fantastic with so many beautiful floral designs.

Burghley House near Stamford

And even in the Ladies' cloakroom there was an exquisite needlework display which caught my eye ....

Needlework at Burghley House near Stamford


Saturday, 12 November 2016

Victorian Christmas Boot Stockings direct from the Sewing Room

Victorian Christmas Boots by Karen Vallerius

Getting Ready for the Vintage Fair Sunday 20th November in Oakham

I had a quick "run through" yesterday afternoon to check out my stock in readiness for the Vintage Fair at which I am taking a table next Sunday in Oakham in Rutland.  I had read a really useful item about how to prepare for craft fairs and the first piece of advice was "Curate", that means don't take everything but the kitchen sink to you and me!

Easier said than done when you have been collecting vintage textiles, fashion and crafts for close to 40 years (yes, I started young ....)

Victorian Christmas Boot Stockings

Victorian Christmas Boots by Karen Vallerius

Victorian Christmas Boots by Karen Vallerius

My stock of these are now complete and I love them all!  It was great to use some of the decorative stitches on my Pfaff sewing machine to embroider the button edge details (I used stitch 26 for the scalloped embroidery).  

I used up some vintage textiles, ribbons and laces from the stash to make these.  I am always surprised and delighted how different fabric combinations make up into a variety of designs.

Vintage Textiles used in the Victorian Christmas Boot Stockings

For anyone interested in the textiles used, here is a brief summary (from the top row, left to right)

early 70s Laura Ashley duck egg & ivory floral cotton with antique Victorian handmade lace, a white damask foot and tiny carved bone beads for the buttons;

60s French bright bird print cotton in blue and orange with a deep 1960s broderie & tucked cotton trim saved from my Mum's sewing box;

vintage 30s embroidered linen with eau de nil glazed cotton foot and broderie trim (as above);

quirky vintage 50s French fruit & perfume print in dark green with deep green foot and broderie trim (as above) (NB I find the Moda solid quilt cottons are fab for the wide range of colours which will match in with your sewing projects);

80s French Boussac heavyweight cotton which is a reproduction of an 18th century design with thick cream lace and dark green Moda cotton foot;

90s poinsettia print quilt cotton with damask foot and antique Victorian lace trim;

retro 70s French provencal print in yellow & gold with Moda yellow cotton foot and broderie trim (as above);

30s handworked embroidered linen in soft shades of pink & lilac with lilac foot and vintage 70s pink satin ribbon;

90s holly print quilt cotton with pale green glazed cotton foot and antique Victorian lace trim;

funky 60s paisley stripe in hot pink & orange with pink cotton foot, Victorian lace trim and 70s pink satin ribbon.


Hubbie expressed surprise that I had so much textile in my stash.  Stop laughing over there!!

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