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Here they are folks, all in a row. So fun to make. So much about COLOR!

All in a row

I think I saved making Brandon’s for last because there were… well, rules. No flower prints, no extravagant “froo-froo” embroidery, only manly shades of green to be permitted. I did sneak in a few sparkly silver snowflakes, because the forest scene was just toooooo simple. Actually, I embroidered those while we watched a show together. He kept glancing back at my stitches with a funny look on his fact, so I stopped myself at three!

Last one... all done.

I was so relieved when the little loopy thing came together on the first try again. Apparently, I am learning folks! Oh, and I think my embroidery in the Dauphin script improved as time went by. Sometime I’m going to have to show you my first attempt at embroidering this script. I-yi-yi!

Embroidery in "Dauphin"

So that’s it. Our patchwork Christmas stockings are done and packed away now for a few months, which gives me some time to figure out how I’m going to hang them over our mantle.

Color play.

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Last night I finished another patchwork Christmas stocking.  Here’s the little gingerbread boy.

Liam's stocking

And, drumroll please…., when I sewed the little hangy loopy thing, I got it right the FIRST time.  Oh, yes, it’s the little things :).

stockings threeOne more to do and we’ll be complete.

But, tonight I don’t feel like sewing.  I feel like reading.  I browsed at the library for at least 30 minutes today trying to find the right book.  Nothing.  Now, after doing some looking online, I have 2 good ones on request.

So, I guess it’s the couch for me tonight.  I’ll be posting an update on the hand quilting soon!

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Did you think I forgot about those Christmas stockings?  It’s true I’ve spent more time hand quilting the Fairytale Patchwork quilt than doing any other sewing, but I have made progress on the stockings, here and there.  When last you saw, my first stocking looked like this:

Christmas Stocking in Progress

The next step was to embroider “Rachel” up top.  Making use of a light table, I traced a print out of my name in “Dauphin”, one of my favorite fonts.  To embroider this font, which has irregular thickness, I switched between a back stitch and chain stitch as I followed each letter.

on July 4th

Such a portable project!  I worked on it on July 4th while waiting for dark.  But, um, I had to take out all those stitches because I’d done them in full strand embroidery floss.  Oops, gotta remember to separate those strands!  Anyways, here’s the finished embroidery.

Stitching Up close

And, voila, my first finished patchwork Christmas Stocking!

First Finished Stocking

Now that I had done one, the next came more easily.    Here’s Aria’s done in lots of Tufted Tweets and a little Heather Ross, Far Far Away.

Finished #2!

Aria’s been grumpy about my choice of fabrics for her stocking.  She doesn’t understand why I’d use fabric with pictures of chairs and birds.  You should hear her go on about the birds so disparagingly.  Why not princesses and unicorns, mom?  Sheesh.  But, I won her heart with the embroidery.  Her eyes lit up just imagining presents with sparkly silver bows!

Sparkly Presents for girlie

When I was finished, she smiled and admired her stocking, but did point out that the purple wildflower fabric (a scrap from her Far Far Away quilt) is her favorite.

All in all these patchwork Christmas Stockings are a super-fun and relatively quick project.  After the embroidery work is done, I can put together the stocking in one evening.  I’ve used a piece of muslin as a base for the patchwork, which I sew on in horizontal strips after doing any piecing required.  Each stocking is backed in a solid color and finished with a little linen loop for hanging.

2 Down, 2 to go

But, darn those loops – they’re the hardest part!  It took me 5 tries to get the first one sewn on and 4 tries on the second one.  It’s amazing how many ways there are to mess up the orientation of that loop!  Several times I’d leave a little bit of the edge exposed on the right side of the seam.  I even sewed the loop inside the stocking the first time I tried!  On Aria’s stocking, I sewed the loop on the wrong side of the stocking.  These are the moments when I wonder how I ever did so well in school.  But, now I have conquered two loops.  Hahahaha (evil chuckle). Wish me luck on the next two.

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