HOW TO MAKE… A PRINTED STOCKING
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