After many requests over the last several years, Aileen agreed to offer her Jolly Christmas Stocking as a class. When Aileen published her Jolly Christmas Stocking pattern many years ago, and still to this day, the cover of the pattern show stockings with machine embroidery designs on them. Many people do not understand that embroidery really is optional.
There are plenty of fun ways to embellish a Christmas stocking.
- Decorative threads
- Decorative stitches
- Rick rack
- Fancy fabrics
Aileen’s “Stocking” pattern includes a full size stocking master template. By tracing the master template with Red Dot Tracer or some other pattern making material, you can keep your pattern intact AND have a permanent, workable stocking pattern piece.
Have you ever considered all those old ties of your husband, brother, father, or friend hanging in the closet? You know, the ties that haven’t been worn for twenty five or more years? By taking those ties apart and using elements of the tie(s), your stocking could be both breathtaking and masculine. Perhaps you could take those same ties and use hand or machine decorative stitching on them. Those stockings would be stunningly beautiful for use by a female.
Your options, and these are but a few, for placing a name on the cuff include – machine embroidering the name, machine embroidery appliqué the name, hand embroidering the name, hand embroidery appliqué, using a fusible bonding material, cutting the letters of your desired name, pressing the letters to the cuff, and securing the letters using a zigzag or straight stitch on your sewing machine. How about splitting the cuff and inserting jumbo rick-rack? The result is a Hansel and Gretel gingerbread house look/feel. If you can envision your stocking, we can help you “engineer” your masterpiece.
Aileen hand made Christmas stockings for her children when they were small. The names were hand appliquéd on the cuff and the stocking themselves were covered with hand appliquéd Christmas shapes…you know, trees, drums, angels, etc. You could start a family tradition and make your children/grandchildren their very own Christmas stocking for their first Christmas. The “toe” or “heel” is a perfect place to hand or machine stitch the year of the child’s birth.
With all these creative juices flowing, guess it’s time to go make another Christmas stocking.
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