Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Christmas Stockings

The stockings were hung 
by the chimney with care, 
In hopes that St. Nicholas 
soon would be there; 
While there are no written records of the origin of the Christmas Stocking, there are popular legends that attempt to tell the history of this Christmas tradition. In some Christmas stories, the contents of the Christmas stocking are the only toys the child receives at Christmas from Santa Claus; in other stories (and in tradition), some presents are also wrapped up in wrapping paper and placed under the Christmas tree. Tradition in Western culture threatens that a child who behaves badly during the year will receive only a pile of coal. However, coal is rarely if ever left in a stocking, as it is considered cruel. Some people even put their Christmas stocking by their bedposts so Santa Claus can fill it by the bed while they sleep.
This is just small sampling of Christmas Stockings I have made in the past. Several of them I have had the honor of being featured in Sew Beautiful Magazine! One of the most beautiful and challenging was this gorgeous Lace Stocking, that was featured in the Holiday Issue 2012.
What a great way to use up lace scraps, ribbon and vintage buttons in your stash!

Try something unique with strip-pieced ribbon! The stocking below was strip-pieced together with different kinds of ribbon and embellished with machine bobbin work. The cuff of the stocking used up all kinds of colors and styles of ribbon to create a fringed edge!
Combining Smocking and Quilting is a nice combination for Christmas Stockings and gives a such a warm Handmade Country Christmas feel. Strips of fabric were used on the stockings below and a smocked cuff added to the top. The smocking designs below are available at Brer Rabbit Designs as downloadable PDF Smocking Plates!
Machine Embroidery is another great, and quick way to create beautiful Christmas Stockings that will be enjoyed by all! My machine shadow work designs makes it quick and easy to create a Christmas Stocking that looks hand embroidered! The Shadow Work Holly Monogram Set is available from Brer Rabbit Designs and also includes a free PDF pattern for the stocking!
Combining a personalized monogram and appliqué is also a quick and fun way to create a Christmas Stocking for the little ones in your life - a stocking they can be proud of and will create memories for many years to follow!
I hope I have inspired you to make some Christmas Stockings this year! It's not too late to get started today!

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