Handmade Christmas stockings

Festive Furzedown's fancy boot stockings: a stylish spin on a Yuletide favourite. Photo: MtK

Drawing upon traditional American folk art and quilting techniques, South London-based Festive Furzedown offers a charming array of bespoke Christmas stockings and handmade hanging decorations.  Inspired by cheerful vintage prints that hark back to Christmases of yore,  Connecticut-raised Marianne ten Kate founded Festive Furzedown using remnants from her sewing box.  All-too aware that Christmas can be an expensive time of year, ten Kate initially began making decorations for family and friends but this has lately blossomed into a nifty sideline for the keen crafter and former charity exec.  “I like the idea of using materials I already have such as fabric scraps, ribbons and buttons, or recycling items that hold sentimental value and creating unique, handmade objects that can be used year after year.” In this respect ten Kate’s creations owe much to the quilting tradition where necessity proved the mother of invention, and family heirlooms were inadvertently created by women using material left over from dress-making.

Have a heart: hanging decorations for the tree or mantlepiece add a homespun touch. Photo: MtK

With an eye on value and using what’s to hand, Festive Furzedown is the perfect antidote to those suffering tinsel-fatigue.  “When it comes to personalising the stockings or giving the hanging decorations a quirky spin, you can really go to town with embroidery, buttons, badge, zips or appliqué – the challenge for me is always to try using what I have rather than resort to buying in new” – a recession-savvy sentiment that’s sure to chime in with many this holiday season.  For further information including a price list please email: festivefurzedown@yahoo.com

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