Reported by Anam Stubbington
Burlap is what used to be called sackcloth; it was used for storage for everything as it was easy to make, breathable and moisture resistant. Even since it was used by the Haute Couture fashion houses a few years ago, burlap has been gaining strength. This seems to be the year where burlap comes into its own as a fully-functioning decorative fabric, being used in everything from wedding decorations to wall paper to the red carpet.
- Display at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt festival
- Miu Miu Pumps
- Toms burlap shoes
- Bottega Veneta 2011 dress and Emma Watson wearing the dress to the Harry Potter Premier this summer
- Vintage Isaac Mizrahi dress
It has a big place in the Eco-friendly world as it is bio-degradable, reusable, and durable. It can be dressed up or broken down, and yet still retains that rustic uniqueness all of its own. It can be used instead of canvas and paper to beautiful effect.
Burlap comes in ribbon rolls, in yards and in sheets and can be sewn, rolled, frayed, gathered, bunched, and looped, as well as used straight off the roll, or made into flowers.
You can sew it, color it with dye and paint, stamp and print on it, make it into furniture and clothes, toys and rugs. but most of all it is a fun and inexpensive way of being contemporary.
Burlap looks so pretty mixed with other fabrics such as silk, linen, and lace – a touch of elegance – the rough with the smooth.
And it’s perfect for those seasonal Christmas decorations.
And the perfect gift maybe?
- Ruffle Bag
- Printed cushion
- Painted Family Cushion
- Folded Vase
- Hair Piece
- Votive Candle
- Clutch Purse
- Notebook Cover
Burlap is so versatile, making it a perfect foil for both adults and kids alike, especially when it is used with this year’s perfect frame – the embroidery hoop!
And for those crafters and scrapbookers, there is a wide range of products that fit the burlap theme.
- Tim Holtz Embossing folder
- Nikki Sivils Buttons
- My Minds Eye Trim
- Weeds & Wildflowers Digital Elements
- Ranger Tim Holtz Distress ink pad
- Canvas Corp Banner
- Jillibean soup alpha stickers
- Prima Marketing flowers
Also Hot off the Press do a burlap textured paper.
I totally expect burlap to stay as strong as it has for the last year, with more and more uses coming as it is a really interesting product.
I hope you enjoyed and are inspired by this little post on the wonders of burlap!
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