Monday, December 1, 2014

DIY Shabby Chic Scrap Piecework Baubles

      These Shabby Chic baubles are definitely French Cottage. I pinned this set for my younger girl who happens to adore anything remotely French or Austrian that was produced during the Victorian Era. I wrapped my Styrofoam balls with white glue and variegated, pastel colored yarns. Then I snipped and clipped my way through several vintage shawls, table cloths and dollies yellow and stained with age and wear. Most of these items came to me via an elderly aunt who hadn't the heart to throw them away. I think Hannah will be quite pleased with the end result.
More examples of Shabby Chic Scrap Piecework Baubles. On the far left you can see the beaded chain that I added for hanging the baubles. These piecework baubles have scraps of lace built up on top of yarn covered Styrofoam balls in pastel shades. The color combinations are quite elaborate; not merely shades of white and ivory.
These pieces are fun to work on; it's difficult to know when to stop though.
Details of embroidery and lacework pinned to the Shabby Chic Baubles.
Left, vintage shawls, antique lace and old table linens are the kinds of supplies you will need to acquire for this craft.
A dresser with a distressed
finish and mismatched
drawer knobs, in
Shabby chic style.
      The "Shabby Chic Style" started in Great Britain and evokes the type of decoration found in large country houses where there are worn and faded old chintz sofas and curtains, old paintwork and unassuming 'good' taste. The end result of shabby chic is to achieve an elegant overall effect, as opposed to the sentimentally cute Pop-Victorian. Recycling old furniture and fabrics is an important aspect of the look and was especially popular with modern Bohemians and artisans that made up a sidelined counter-culture movement during the 1980s when expensive quality decor became very fashionable with the upper middle classes. The original shabby chic interiors were usually considered in themselves works of art.
 More painted and layered Shabby Chic Christmas Baubles


  1. I can't wait to make a set of these for my own white Christmas tree! Thanks Kathy.

  2. I received a white artificial tree as a gift this year. Next year I will hopefully include many posts about "how" to decorate one.


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