Tuesday, March 13, 2012

~raggygirlvintage french farmhouse stylin’~burlap~

Hello friends,

Well enough about blogger issues, let’s get back to the fun stuff! Ready for some more ~french farmhouse stylin’~ 
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We can’t talk about ~french farmhouse stylin’~ without including a feature on burlap. Burlap is one of the most versatile decor fabrics. Of course if you can get your hands on authentic burlap sacks all the better, but there are also great burlap fabrics out there that still have that rustic, vintage feel and look.


I haven’t yet been able to bring myself to cut up the few vintage sacks I do own, but they make great “props” folded or rolled and tucked here and there in your decor. {I think they are going to look awesome hanging on my whitewashed ladder when I am brave enough to smuggle it inside the house!}


You know how I love burlap table runners, and if my etsy sales are anything to go by, I’m not the only one! I love to make plain burlap runners, runners with white ruffles, ticking ruffles, vintage ruffles and runners with french graphics. They have all featured in my home decor at one time or another.



Whilst I am a big fan of decorating with burlap, I have to tell you I don’t enjoy working with it. If you’ve worked with burlap you will know what I am talking about!! By the end of a sewing session both my home and I are covered in fluff. and I have itchy eyes and skin for days. But every now and then I roll up my sleeves and work with burlap, ‘cos it’s worth it for the final product!


This is a pillow I recently made out of a printed burlap, it has french script and graphics all over it.



I backed it with plain burlap, but next time I would back it with a heavy cotton. It is hard to sew burlap on burlap and not have the seams part, as it is a very loosely woven fabric. For this reason it is not my favorite fabric for pillows, and for this same reason this pillow resides in my home : it did not pass my somewhat perfectionist standards for sale!! I’m okay with that, it looks kinda cute on my little bench, don’t you think!


The great thing about burlap is the neutral color goes with pretty much anything, and it adds that rustic lived-in touch in a home. You can get it in a variety of colors nowadays, but I prefer the traditional light brown burlap, or the off white.
 This is a small runner I made in the off white, with white ruffles and broderie anglaise lace. 


It fits well on a bench or end table and looks equally cute folded up.


And of course you may remember my Queen Anne chairs which I painted white and reupholstered with burlap.


So there you have it, ~rgv french farmhouse stylin’ a la burlap~



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Something Nice and Pretty said...

I so love the one I bought from you, it's on my table now:) Goes with any style too and so well made! I don't think I'd like to sew with it either but the pillow on your bench turned out so cute anyway! I just worked with burlap the other day covering a corkboard turned out great but a little bit hard to control!

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

You do such beautiful work! I haven't really decorated much with burlap. I have a couple of pillows given to me as gifts. I also have a woven textured runner on my dining table. But if I could change my decor and make it more like a farmhouse, I'd love to.
Blondie referenced your chocolate chip cookies in her post. But I think she put the wrong blog name and the link didn't work. I should have told her but I'm rushing around trying to visit everyone this morning. I've got to try your recipe!

Tracey Ayton Photography said...

I love burlap. I just wish I knew how to sew, but I can see what you create and I look forward to the spring market to see all of your other goods. Will you be there? I won't be vending ....... low corbel inventory.

Blondie's Journal said...

Your runners are just gorgeous, Tracey! You sew so well. Love ruffles!

I have a piece of off white burlap that I bought and I can't bear to cut it! Since I don't sew I was just going to make a simple runner with frayed edges. Give me a little push!! ;-D


Elizabeth said...

I love ruffles and this is such a nice contrast with the burlap. Also love the Scrabble picture!

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Hi Tracey~
This is my first time to your blog - found you at Primp. I love your style so I'm now a follower. I love burlap - we used a lot of it at my daughter's country wedding last fall. I look forward to reading more of your posts.

Style Sisters said...

great blog! I love your burlap runners and your pillow looks awesome! come link up to Centerpiece Wednesday and share you ideas.

hardydanielle said...

I love burlap! Curtains, pillows, anything! Great post :)

Faded Charm said...

You've been a busy girl! I love anything with ruffles too and am in desperate need of a new sewing machine so i can make somethings:-)


Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

I love everything you showed us today. I just finished working with burlap. Come for a visit and see. Love your blog and looking forward to visiting more....xoxo

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Very pretty! Love the ruffles and the game pieces in the jar are a lovely idea. I have some chess pieces in an old canning jar in our basement kitchen cupboards that I am now inspired to pull out. I am also now following along. I hope you get a chance to stop by. I'm off to see more of your posts now.

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic said...

Love the burlap! We just put burlap on out kitchen chairs. Long story short, the whole set has ended up outside, we'll see how the burlap ends up. Love your ruffles and burlap and the scripted pillows.


Deserae said...

Love your burlap table runners and pillows...very pretty! Have a great weekend :o)

PS. I am now following you on Google...hope you will follow me back :o)

Alison @ Oopsey Daisy said...

I LOVE those ruffles and burlap!! Gorgeous pics! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

These are all so pretty...lots of eye candy here! We use rolls of gardening burlap to make big backdrops for Junk Bonanza...gives a great look!

Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon said...

I love a pretty burlap tablerunner and yours is beautiful!

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