Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Stockings Were Hung

I used to do a lot of cross stitching, and I made many things for gifts. For my nephews and niece I made their Christmas stockings. Since the boys are twins, I used the same pattern, but changed the colors of some items, used different fonts and colors for their names, and a different color background. They are lined with a holly fabric. We knew in October that she was having twin boys, so I had over a year to finish the two stockings. They were done in plenty of time, although they were my only project for that whole year.Three years later, I again had over a year to complete the stocking for the anticipated baby sister. I got a different Santa pattern for her. Although I had done quite a few patterns, I'd never read the packages carefully or thought about the shading and colors. I just picked things I liked. Big mistake!
This stocking turned out to be my albatross! I just went and got the pattern out so I could be accurate when I tell you that in Santa's robes alone there are seven colors of red! The shading meant much more careful reading of the pattern and having to skip around more. I didn't finish this one until her second Christmas! Of course a 6 month old doesn't know she doesn't have a stocking and the boys didn't notice either, but I still felt badly.
I'm pretty sure, now that I think back, that this was my last cross stitch project. Inspired by all of the fun things I've seen Patty from Pip Stitch sharing, I've been thinking of picking it up again and doing smaller projects.
What kind of stockings does your family hang? Are they all the same? Do you get new ones once in a while?


Lilly's Life said...

I never had a stocking as a child. And with my daughter I used a very ornate stocking which she still has. I love your cross stitch stocking and I wouldnt have been able to tell the differences. Its very detailed isnt it and you should take it up again as you are obviously talented.

I hope you have a fantastic Christmas. Enjoy!

squawmama said...

Good Morning Elizabeth... Wow what beautiful stockings you made for the twins and the other one is also fabulous... We have fancy Store bought ones that I personalized for each member of our family... Each person has their own stocking and when the girls started their own families they took theirs and I made new ones for their hubbies and the children as they came into this world... Thanks for such a great posting today...


Smilingsal said...

Johnny and I hadn't the $$ to ever have our own stockings; we just had them for the children. When our children flew the nest, there were no more stockings to be hung. We don't hang stockings. :-(

Your needlepoint is AMAZING! (I clicked to get a close-up look.)

Anonymous said...

Hi Elizabeth ~ LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the cross-stitched stockings. They are beautiful keepsakes for the kids!

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas! We'll be in Minnesota, with tons of snow here, too.

All my best to you and your family!


P.S. You should get our card/letter by tomorrow, I'm hoping!

Kara said...

I have always wanted to cross stitch stockings for my kids but was afraid I wouldn't know how to "finish" them. I am an avid cross stitcher but not a sewer. Doesn't make sense, I know...LOL.

Beautiful stockings!! We just hang the traditional soft fuzzy ones - no names or anything but they do have their particular place they like to hang them.

Ronda's Rants said...

Well, My stockings are near as pretty as yours...
I love those and your nephews and neice are lucky to have such a loving Aunt! Those are a treasure to keep forever!