Christmas Stocking for A. S. 2013 by Speattle
Home & Decoration
Two new granddaughters in one calendar year means two new Christmas stockings for this Nana to sew. I bought a panes from the Moda In From The Cold line, but then added my own touches with quilting and decorative stitching. So much fun trying out stitches I've never used on my machine.
For this one, I first made a lining by tracing the outline of the cut out stocking on plain white cotton. Then I quilted the front to some warm and natural. I just used lines in the print as guides and did random decorative and utility stitches. I tried out the hand-look stitch and it really does almost look hand done.
After quilting, I sewed the outside pieces together. Then I made the cuff and made the lining, and assembled the stocking. I used my embroidery unit to put on the name, and steam-a-seamed the cuff appliques in place. Then used a decorative stitch to sew them to the cuff.
THEN, I realized I'd forgotten to put on the heel and toe appliques, so I opened the lining, partially undid the seam of the outside and took care of the forgotten details and reassambled the stocking. Added some stash eyelet and a "Merry Christmas tag to the cuff and it is done!
Oh, it is laying on our tree skirt. I have embroidered or added some kind of stitching to it every year since we were married (1979). I started out with free-motion embroidery. We figure out something for each year that is significant to our life together. Some years it has been as big as a new baby or new home. One year it was depicting all 3 of the kids having chicken pox in the same month!
Front of stocking (back is the same)
close up of decorative stitches
close up of bottom portion
backside (has green toe and heel)