How cute is this stocking? Thanks Kysa!
Here is a close up of the detail that she added to the cat.
Scott's stocking turned out pretty cute and I decided that one day I would make these stockings for my kids.
Apparently I didn't know how to do the blanket stitch when I did this stocking (or else I just figured this stitch would be easier). I believe when I made this stocking, I also cross-stitched Dustin's name, so he too, could have a stocking. I think I may have even cross-stitched Kysa's and Ted's names as well. I remember we had quite an assembly line of stockings being made. Did I cross-stitch all of those for you Kysa, or did you do it?
About 4 years later, Gage was born, and 9 months after that, Colton was born. They too, had to have stockings. I cross-stitched both Gage and Colton's names, as well as my other niece and nephew, Janey and Noah's names to make more stockings. Kysa and I again had an assembly line of stockings going. At this point, I decided that I should get several more ready, with the applique design fused on, so that I would be "ready" when I had another baby.
We made a few snowmen and a few Teddy Bears sitting in front of a Christmas tree, and I made a couple of angels as well.
Five years ago, when Emma was born, I decided I needed to get her stocking ready for her first Christmas. Well, several years had passed and I was no longer "in to cross-stitching", so it took ALOT of effort to get it started. I think I maybe had the "E" done, and that was as far as I had gotten. It's quite possible that I didn't get it started at all. It's amazing me at how much I am not remembering here! I do remember using a nylon stocking for Emma's first Christmas stocking. Nice. It sure fit alot of stuff in it though!
Another year passed and I was still needing to make Emma's stocking. Again, I did not get her name cross-stitched as I had planned. After that Christmas, it came up in casual conversation, with my friend Sherry, that I did not yet have Emma's stocking cross-stitched, and I also had not completed her birth announcement cross-stitch. I had made a big mistake when Colton was born, and had already "pre-made" a cross-stitch to have when I had another baby, but decided I should give it to Colton, since I had made cross-stitches for all of my other nieces and nephews (minus Ryan and Sara, as I was too young for that when they were born). I thought at the time, that I would have plenty of time to make another one. I didn't count on the fact that I was going to be burned out on cross-stitching and that when a baby is around, things like that don't get accomplished.
Anyway, I somehow talked Sherry in to seeing if her mother-in-law would finish Emma's birth announcement for me, and also finish her stocking letters. You don't know how excited I was when she said "Yes" and how much more excited I was when they were finished!! I am so grateful for her completing them, because they would still not be finished if she hadn't done them for me.
Okay, so that is 2 years ago. After about 1 year, I did finally get the cross-stitch framed and is hanging in Emma's room; however, I did not get the stocking finished. I decided that all of the "extras" that I made were too boyish, and I didn't like the fabric I used to make the angel's dress, so I wanted to make a new one. That year I ended up safety pinning Emma's name over my name on my stocking so she would have one. I refused to buy one, because I knew that if I did, I would never get the project completed.
Well, another year goes by, and Emma's name ended up safety pinned to my stocking again. Last year I was determined to get it done before Christmas, but all I had accomplished was buying the supplies to do it.
Last week, when we were putting up all of the Christmas decorations, I was reminded that Emma still has no Christmas stocking. This is going to be her 6th Christmas for Pete's sake! I decided the other day that I have no more excuses. Now that the kids are in school all day, I would use my free time to get this darned stocking made, especially now that Emma is old enough to know that she needs a stocking like the rest of us!
Yesterday I searched the internet for free applique patterns. I was excited with what I was finding, and I finally stumbled upon a very cute angel that I decided I was going to use for Emma's stocking. Yesterday afternoon I worked on getting the templates made and dug out a container of fabric to get the pattern cut out. I have such a hard time making decisions, it irritates me to death. Finally, today I finished picking out the fabric I wanted to use, and then cut out the front panel of the stocking. I wasn't sure I liked it, so I thought I would post it on my blog and ask your opinion.