Tuesday 2 December 2014

Christmas Stocking Challenge

Finished ahead of deadline!  Our branch of the Irish Patchwork Society issued us a challenge to make a Christmas stocking, or a Wine Bottle cover, for our meeting this Friday.  Thinking a stocking would be more fun to make, I pulled out my Folk Art Holiday fabric, I bought from Fluffy Sheep Quilting, and some Kona white and flicked through lots of magazines to get some ideas. 
I found some images in card magazines belonged to mum and traced the outline onto some parchment paper to transfer to the fabric.  Rudolph is from Crafts Beautiful 2013 and in this month's Simply Homemade I found these three snowmen.  I gave them bodies and some snowflakes and a song to sing.  They are singing the song about Santa asking Rudolph to guide his sleigh and Rudolph proud as punch to be lead reindeer for the night!
If I was to make this again I'd not have this section so square.  Rounded to suit the shape of the stocking would be better I think.   I also had a problem with limescale build up on my iron and it made a yellowish mark on my crisp white fabric.  And I have blue chalk lines still showing, difficult enough to remove without washing!  A fun project though and I really had fun with the embroidery.
I managed to get it all sewn together as a stocking on Sunday afternoon when the light was quite dark and foggy so I had to wait for this morning to get some natural light photos.  I thought about staging it on Wilbur's kennel but Wilbur wasn't having any of this.  He was in his uncooperative, I'm going to jump at your head until you pay me attention mood.  Even Bonio treats weren't working today. 
Wilbur getting ready to jump!
For the back, I used the same print in the white colorway and a sparkly dot white fabric for the cuff.   So that's one ticked off the Christmas list at least, lots to do yet on the others!  Looking forward to Friday evening, when we get to have a party, eat the sweet and savoury dishes people have brought and get to see what everyone else has done!
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  1. Oh this is very sweet. I love the blue Christmas fabric - a change from the usual red and green :-)

  2. What a cute stocking! I love that Wilbur posed so nicely with it. I struggle with more "rounded" piecing, and often I make something and thing after the fact it would have been worth the challenge to be more curvy.

  3. Darling! Your embroidery is beautiful, and your finished stocking looks great! I really like the fabric for your cuff.

  4. Very cute and very resourceful! Yay for being done ahead of deadline!!!

  5. It's lovely Ruth, I am sure your swap partner will be thrilled with it.

  6. Rudolph does look VERY proud! :) Great stocking and an amusing appearance by Wilbur!


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