Friday, January 16, 2015

From Old Woolen Blankets ..

Hello my dear friends,

I had been so busy before and over the holidays and then one evening ... I couldn't believe it ... it was already Christmas Eve and again I was late with many things.

I still had presents to wrap and I had almost no time at all to be creative and or to even share finished creations with all you lovely bloggers. I think taking on the task of painting my living room and then the dining room and kitchen wasn't so good after all in a way and I am sure my poor body will agree with me on that but then again ... I am so happy I did it! Unfortunately our house didn't turn out to be very Christmassy in the end, the energy just wasn't there for it unfortunately.

Very early in the morning of Christmas Eve I did managed to grab a tiny bit of creative time whilst my Guinness cake was baking in the oven.  I had taken out an old  project that I had started over a year ago and never finished. (This seems to happen more often these days I have noticed.)

 I had felted old woolen blankets and my thoughts were with creating something from them for Christmas. I must admit that I was inspired somewhat by the Pottery Barn last year and their beautiful poinsettia pillow but in the end I didn't want to just recreate it but rather think of a creation of mine instead. I chose to make a stocking from the old felted woolens and embellish it with my poinsettia, which I have now turned into my music sheet poinsettias pattern.

Poinsettias have been made from felt since many, many years and in so many different ways too. I can remember my Aunt made poinsettia napkin rings from red and green felt when I was younger and they looked so festive on the Christmas dinner table.

Today I am finally sharing my Poinsettia Christmas stockings with you and I know it's already after Christmas but I really wanted you to see them.

Both are made from two different felted blankets. Believe it or not but at first I wasn't too happy with my stockings. Something was just not right for me and I think it was the shape of the stocking that bothered me. It was a little too ornate for me even though I have made a stocking from it before but from an old pillowcase and I loved it. I have decided that whenever I create a stocking for this year Christmas, I think I would prefer a less ornate shape. Never the less the stockings is still very lovely.

Take a look! ... Combined together with lace, seam binding and pearls the old felted woolen blanket creations really look posh than rather tatty.

I actually took these pictures yesterday morning at about -20 degrees C (with the windchill) in our front yard. It was cold to say the least but I had to have my stocking pictures taken in the snow and I hope you have enjoyed them and my latest creations too.

There are a few more creations I didn't get to share with you before Christmas but those will have to wait now until this year's 'Christmas in July'.

Thank you for stopping by and visiting me today here at Todolwen. It is always so nice when you do.
When you have a spare moment, do stop by some time soon again and see what I have been up to.

 I hope you are well and life is treating you kind.

Have a peaceful and creative day.


  1. Hi Karen, Wow!! I love your close up photos as we can see your individual stitches. You are very creative. Thanks for sharing with us. Blessings and smiles. Emilou :-)

  2. très doux dans ces couleurs... ça change du vert et rouge traditionnel de noel... bravo

  3. Karen: I think you should write a book and offer your beautiful designs, I would be first in line to buy one.
    You are so creative.
    Thank-you for sharing your blog with us.


  4. Felted wool is so wonderful (if you mean to do it, that is!)! I love the second stocking with the lace and seam binding. They look lovely photographed in the snow. It's too bad it's so cold, but it worked for the photograph!

  5. I like this stocking, because it is TO DOL WEN pure ;-)!

    Hugs Ines♥

  6. Your stocking is simply stunning, dear Karen.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  7. Beautiful stockings and so beautifully photographed too. The snow background was a perfect touch.

  8. The transformation from old blanket to beautiful stockings is amazing!

  9. Karen, Your work is beautiful. Your photographs are beautiful as well. Just what I love in a blog.

  10. They are gorgeous! Great pattern and the colours are so lovely as well.

  11. So very pretty, Karen! I think they are amazing! I love the poinsettias, that I would love to learn to do. I like the sound of napkin rings made from them!

  12. Absolute beautiful transformation. First it warms the body as a blanket and then it warms the soul as a stocking. Great job.

    PS - wish I had a mantle to hang this from.

  13. Simply beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing. Love ya' Patricia B

  14. Your stockings are gorgeous! In a quiet, cozy, yet elegant way.

  15. The stockings are beautiful. And so are the photographs taken on the snow. I think the pattern was perfect!

  16. You are very brave! Taking photos in -20°!
    The stocking are amazing. Have a nice time, Karen. :-)