For The Man Who Has Everything

A colleague of mine with a penchant for fancy socks is retiring this year.
To honour him, I was commissioned to create a bouquet of…. socks.

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It was exactly the kind of challenge I love!
I spent a week or so thinking about how to go about it and then I sat down and got started.
I had six pairs of socks, so ended up with twelve “blooms.” Each sock became a single flower. After some trial and error, I ended up using some embroidery thread to gather each sock, using a running stitch along the bottom of the sock and pulling it tight. You can see in the photo where I stitched each one, indicated by the red dotted line.

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Once each sock was gathered, I just wrapped the gathered edge together, using the toe as the centre of each flower. A few stitches secured each one in place and soon I had twelve rosette-style flowers.

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What do to for stems? I decided to use a black button for each flower’s centre, securing it to a paper straw with a dab of hot glue (I stuck the shank of the button into the opening at one end of the straw). Then, I slid the straw through the centre of the rosette; the button stopped it from falling out. A few more stitches of embroidery thread through the paper straw and the sock to hold each flower together and, ta-da! Twelve sock roses!

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Next up, I used garden twine to make a French-tied bouquet and then tied on a jaunty polka-dotted ribbon I’ve been saving in my stash for just such an occasion.

When he is ready to wear the socks, all the recipient has to do is snip the embroidery thread (I was sure to use contrasting colours so that it would be easy to see) and unfurl each sock. The perfect bouquet to extend the length of time between loads of laundry!

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My colleague was delighted with his bouquet, I am happy to report.

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The Cat’s Pyjamas

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Chaos continues to reign here at Delovely HQ as we get new windows and new floors installed, so here is a sweet little flashback from my Liberty of London pilgrimage.

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I could be happy with a few of these whimsical beauties, couldn’t you? Check out Rory Dobner‘s work here and here.

Tray Chic

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These trays by French company Ibride made me guffaw out loud. In typical Liberty style, they are a witty combo of the traditional and the silly and I adore them.
Would it be wrong to get ALL of them and use them on a feature wall?

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Mr. Goat and his Mrs. are the picture of respectability, aren’t they?

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One of the things that I love about Liberty (and the reason that I treat a visit there like a museum visit) is that they curate the truly wonderful and gather it all in one place, introducing unique and interesting companies and their products to people (like me!) who would not necessarily discover them otherwise.
Click on the link to Ibride to see what I mean.

I’m not sure which of these is my favourite….

Sitting purr-ty.

Sitting purr-ty.

Love birds.

Love birds.

Put a bird on it, indeed!

Put a bird on it, indeed!