I have casually been sneaking into my not-quite-set-up-yet sewing/craft room for a few small sewing adventures...10 minutes here, 5 minutes there, as I can manage it. Some projects will need to wait to be shared with you until after Christmas...shh! For now, though, some gloves are getting repaired, a crocheted blanket is getting mended from a false cut made with Nathan's scissors (oops!), and a Christmas Tradition in our family was calling my name to get finished up. A stocking for James.
With Babe on my lap, I pull out the semi-blank stocking that I (thankfully) made many, many years ago. We had given our pets some stocking way back and had extra, all to match. It was a Simplicity pattern I had borrowed (and apparently kept, sorry Amy) from my sister to make the stockings.
Some calico material for the socks, batting for the inside, and linen for the fold-over at the top. Amazingly, I had some gold embroidery floss already to get the job finished.
With only my right hand free, I drew James' name on the stocking with my disappearing marking pen in a style I liked.
I then started on the embroidery with a very simple hand stitch. I just followed my pen marks and overlapped each stitch by half.
And, it went pretty quickly. And with so little time these days on my hands (or, hands-free) it was nice to have a satisfactory quick project completed..and in time (not that I intend to put anything in his stocking, but its the thought that counts I'm hoping on here).
Do any of you have multiple sets of stockings? We have three (four sets if you had asked me a month ago). These, above, are the ones I generally use, extended family traditional ones made by my aunt, and camouflage ones that Steven brought home from his tour in Afghanistan a year and a half ago. I guess we need more trees around the house to display multiple stockings??? Hmm....maybe next year.
Have a VERY Merry Christmas!