HOW TO MAKE… A PRINTED STOCK­ING

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White linen fab­ric, 40 x 50cm (15 x 19 ") Pat­terned fab­ric, 25 x 25cm (97/ x 8 97/ 8") Black gros­grain rib­bon, 50cm (19 "), 25mm (1") wide Lino block, 5 x 5cm (2x2") Lino cut­ter Black fab­ric ink stamp pad Trac­ing pa­per Pink­ing shears Christ­mas rit­u­als, like get­ting dec­o­ra­tions down from the loft and re­dis­cov­er­ing old favourites, are all part of the fes­tive fun. But, it’s nice to add some­thing new into the mix each year, too.

With its geo-print cuff and fir tree mo­tif, this mono­chrome stock­ing echoes the min­i­mal­ist styling and na­ture-in­spired as­pect of the New Nordic look, giv­ing your man­tel­piece a fresh feel.

Printed us­ing a hand-carved linocut stamp you’ll make your­self, we love the ef­fect this sim­ple tree shape has against the crisp white linen back­drop, giv­ing an inky nod to frosty wood­land walks.

01 Draw out a stock­ing shape on pa­per, mea­sur­ing roughly 32 x 30.5cm (125/ x 12"), to cre­ate a 8 tem­plate. Use this tem­plate to draw two shapes onto the white linen fab­ric, add a 1cm ( 3 /8") seam al­lowance, then cut it out us­ing pink­ing shears to min­imise fray­ing. Cut two pieces of pat­terned fab­ric the same length as the width of the stock­ing top, and 11cm (43/ 8") wide.

02 Trans­fer a tree de­sign onto the lino block us­ing trac­ing pa­per and a pen­cil. Cut the lino block to size.

03 Us­ing a lino cut­ter, carve away the neg­a­tive space around the tree. Grad­u­ally carve out lay­ers of lino, leav­ing the de­sign raised.

04 Test out your stamp on scrap pa­per, press­ing firmly onto the inkpad with your hand to get an even print on the pa­per. Make sure the area you’re print­ing in is clean and free of any stray lino pieces, as th­ese can af­fect your print.

05 Re­move any un­wanted raised ar­eas from the lino stamp block un­til you’re happy with the fin­ished print. Stamp a pat­tern across the fab­ric, us­ing the main im­age as a guide, then fix the ink as per the man­u­fac­turer’s in­struc­tions.

06 With right sides (RS) to­gether, pin one piece of pat­terned fab­ric to the top edge of a printed piece of linen, align­ing the long raw edges. Sew us­ing a 1cm ( 3 /8") seam, then re­peat with the re­main­ing pat­terned fab­ric and linen pieces.

07 Press open the seams on both stock­ing sides, then fold the top raw edge of the pat­terned fab­ric to the wrong side. Pin and sew.

08 Pin and sew a length of rib­bon across the seam on the RS of both stock­ing pieces, then fold a 10cm (4") length of rib­bon in half to cre­ate the hang­ing loop.

09 Place the stock­ing pieces with RS to­gether, and pin the loop along one side, just down from the top edge, as shown. Sew us­ing a 1cm ( 3 /8") seam, trim any ex­cess seam al­lowance, then turn RS out. Zeena Shah Zeena is a printed tex­tile de­signer and work­shop tu­tor. She cre­ates play­ful home ac­ces­sories from her East Lon­don stu­dio, sur­rounded by colour, and sources all her ma­te­ri­als in the UK. www.zeenashah.com

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