New Stockings for the Mantle

These are the hand appliquéd stockings I have made in the past.

These are the hand appliquéd stockings I have made in the past.

Over the years, I have made all our family members a stocking for our mantle.  These were all made by hand appliqué, which I enjoy, but it can be somewhat time consuming.  This year we had some new folks who helped us celebrate Christmas and I wanted each of them to have their own special stocking.  I was concerned that I would not have enough time to complete 3 hand stitched stockings with all the other holiday demands, so I decided to design and machine embroider the new stockings for the mantle.

The first step was to find embroidery designs that were relevant to David, Liam and Sam.  I spent some time researching what was available at the various design sites and found three designs that I thought would work well.

Once I found the relevant designs, I added some  text and designed the stocking front in my embroidery software.

The design worksheet for Liam's stocking

The design worksheet for Liam’s stocking

 

When I was satisfied with the overall design size and orientation, I printed out a preview of the design.  This enabled me to get an idea of just how large the design would be and it also helped me to place the designs exactly where I wanted them to be on the front of each stocking.

Placing a printed copy of the design to preview size and placement.

Placing a printed copy of the design to preview size and placement.

 

 

 

 

Next. I hooped a tear-away stabilizer in the hoop and then floated the stocking front on top of the tear away stabilizer.  I pinned the stocking front to the stabilizer, being careful to pin outside of the stitch area.  Then I stitched out the designs, following the thread order that was shown on the preview of the design printouts.

Stitching out the "wizard" theme for Sam's stocking

Stitching out the “wizard” theme for Sam’s stocking

 

I repeated this process for each stocking front until all three stockings were embroidered.

It was fun to see them “come to life” as I stitched them and I love using the wool felt as a background for these stockings.

 

Stitching on the toe and heel accent pieces

Stitching on the toe and heel accent pieces

 

Once the fronts of the 3 stockings were completed, I carefully removed each from the hoop and gently tore away the stabilizer.  Next, I machine appliquéd the toe, heel and top accent pieces with a blanket stitch.  I placed each stocking front on top of the felt that was being used for the stocking backs and stitched around the outside edge of each stocking.

 

Trimming around the outside edge of Liam's stocking

Trimming around the outside edge of Liam’s stocking

 

Finally, I carefully trimmed about 1/8″ from the blanket stitching to cut out the back for each stocking.  Note:  I did this after I had stitched around the stockings as this gave me a firmer, more stable  background to stitch on.

 

Liam enjoys sports, including basketball

Liam enjoys sports, including basketball

 

 

 

I was very pleased with the end results.  Each stocking truly represented the interests of Liam, Sam and David.  Here are close-ups of each stocking.

 

 

 

Sam is currently reading the entire Harry Potter series

Sam is currently reading the entire Harry Potter series

David enjoys writing

David enjoys writing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I like how the stockings fit so well with the other stockings I had on the mantle.

The mantle is complete with all the Christmas stockings!

The mantle is complete with all the Christmas stockings!

But the best part of all was to see how excited the boys were to discover their stockings and, of course, what was in them.

Liam and Sam with their stockings

Liam and Sam with their stockings

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and wish you the very best in the New Year.  Happy 2017!!!

Happy Stitching,

Jane

 

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