Meet my newest obsession.
Matelasse: A weaving or stitching technique yielding a pattern that appears quilted or padded.
Like my love for toile, I adored matelasse before I knew what it was. I didn’t know how to spell it let alone how to pronounce it. I just knew I wanted some in my house.
I’m working on adding some to my living room…but before I show you that, I want to show you a custom Etsy order I just finished.
Before Christmas I received an email from Rachel, who lives in Texas. She had seen my guest post on Miss Mustard Seed and inquired about having stockings made out of her own vintage linens. I always get a little nervous when a customer wants to send me their own fabric. What if I screw it up? Somehow cut it wrong? Spill my Diet Coke all over the place? There are any number of things that could lead to disaster.
I agreed though and the order was placed. I received a box from Rachel a few days before Christmas with a note saying to take my time. I always love it when a customer tells me that!
I stashed the box in my sewing room and didn’t open it until after the holidays. When I did, I found gorgeous linen pillowcases, some tatted linen and 2 incredible pieces of what was originally a matelasse coverlet.
I nearly passed out when I saw the matelasse. Gorgeous, vintagey goodness. I was able to get 6 stockings, a table runner and 6 mini stockings from the coverlet. (With a little left over that Rachel said I could keep.) I also made her 3 tea towels from the linen pillowcases.
The hours I spent completing this order were not only totally enjoyable, but very rewarding. Everything turned out just like I imagined and I didn’t cut anything wrong.
After I shipped off Rachel’s order, I dove into re-stocking my Etsy shop. I should have new things listed in a few days. More grain sack pieces, things for Valentine’s Day and some pillow covers made from vintage, French fabric. I’ll be back in a day or so with a feature on my newest sponsor, Sharon from Mrs. Hines Class.