Friday, December 21, 2012

Christmas Stockings

If you've been around my blog for awhile, then you may remember my first stocking. It was a needlepoint kit I made for my step-daughter. I finished it up last year, just before Christmas, even though I had a newborn (but it really helped that it was 90% done from the year before).


I bring up that stocking because Quilting Lines is hosting a Christmas Stocking Hang Out and because I made another one! No needlepoint this time..I might have been serious when I said never again! 


A couple years ago, my mother-in-law ordered a kit for this paper pieced stocking from a magazine..only, she had no idea how to paper piece. She tried, but this pattern is not anywhere one should start out piecing! 

Some time later she sent it to me, at a point when I also had no idea how to make it. I put it in a drawer, but it has been in the back of my mind, especially since I learned how to paper piece this year. I decided to pull it out and make it for her this Christmas. I knew she would love it, as she bought it for herself, and I thought it would mean more to her than one to match the rest of ours. 


I had plans to applique a simple monogram on the cuff, but as I am still without the laptop I would normally use to print and transfer one, iron-on letters seemed a much better option. I chose these gold glittery ones to match the little specks of gold in the kit fabrics. I hope it will be a hit on Christmas! 


  1. Thanks for joining the party at the Christmas Stocking Hang Out! The stocking looks great! I have that pattern saved in my stack of 'one day' projects. The swirls intrigue me.

  2. Your stockings are wonderful. Love the needlepoint one. I can't imagine trying to do the paper pieced stocking as a beginner. It looks great. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Love the stockings. And I'm sure the one you finished for your mom will mom-in-love!

  4. Melinda ... beautiful stockings! The paper pieced pattern one is sew intricate. I like your idea of using iron on letters and may try this. I need to put names on my newly made stockings at some point. I am just using added tags this year. My embroidery and applique skills are rudimentary. Although I can manage a basic stem or cross point stitch, it is very time consuming for me.
    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such a lovely comment. I am really enjoying the Christmas Stocking Hangout.
    Thanks for sharing your stockings. Merry Christmas to you and yours ... :) Pat

  5. Wonderful the penguin:)

  6. That is an awesome paper pieced design! I love the needlepoint one too. That is a LOT of work.

  7. Seriously impressive, Melinda. You are crazy talented.

  8. The paper-pieced stocking is lovely, I am sure your mother-in-law will love it!

  9. Love your stockings!! The paper pieced curves are so clever, beautiful colours too. It's so good to complete something that has been in your cupboard for a while.

  10. Gosh - these are adorable and so worth the effort aren't they! I bet they will be loved for years.


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