Thursday, 21 December 2017

A Christmas Stocking Story

As an organized hoarder - no, no, I mean collector of miscellany (aka "things I love") - there was no need to shop outside my stash for this entire project!

Loved making this special commission so much!
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Ribbons, twine, special thread, flannel, vintage button, wool from a sweater I no longer wear, zipper that's never been used, home d├ęcor samples sorted by colour?
Check, check, checkity-check!

What about a specialty fabric for the lining? But, of course!

Plush lining as a special treat for little hands!
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The Osnaburg? Yup, had that too.
As a quilter, did I need it?
Nope. I bought it because it called to me.
I know.
It's a thing.
Once in a blue moon I get a feeling about something. I've learned to trust that feeling, and just go with it when I can. It hasn't failed me yet.


The Process, in pictures:



Begin with something FUN!
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Cut the shape
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Prepare the "crazy" patches for the heel and toe (and sew them on)
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Stitch the lining so it will last
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Use that zipper!
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LOVE this!
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Time for the flower
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Add a cuff, and put it all together
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Send it off for a little girl's very first Christmas!
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This may look delicate, but it's actually fairly bullet proof.
It's meant to be a functional stocking, so everything has been permanently glued, stitched and double stitched. Even the frayed fabric has been lightly coated with a sealer to prevent further disintegration. With reasonable care, this stocking should last for many years!


Linking up with:
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation


Try, Learn, & Grow!
Carole

9 comments:

  1. Cute, cute!! How fun to be able to shop the stash for a complete project. I like doing that too.

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  2. Stephen West, a very well known knitter, says we are "curators" of our collections! How lovely for that little girl to have a one of a kind stocking.

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  3. I love this!! The heart is my very favorite touch. Which, I suppose is appropriate, given how much heart you put into your special creations....
    (The cabinetry behind the stocking - is it in your studio??)

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  4. That zipper edged heart is brilliant!

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  5. Oh, you had fun making this one! And her parents are certain to keep it for years to come!

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  6. Love the stocking ,all the little extras like the zipper and flower really make this special ❤

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  7. I loved seeing the step-by-step photos with descriptions The way you used the zipper was genius! What a treasure!

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  8. Yay, so many pretty details! Well done!

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