The Year of the Stockings

It’s a week into the New Year and I’ve already started on my goal for this year.

WAAAAY back then, (a long time ago), after we moved away from here because of Hubby’s job opportunity, we found ourselves in a little town away from family and friends. For something to do when Hubby wasn’t working, we drove into some of the little suburbs of St. Louis just to see what we could see. We loved looking up and exploring Malls because there were so many of them! (It didn’t take much to make us happy.)

I can’t remember the name of the little town, or the name of the Mall, but we came across a store called Lee Wards. This store sold nothing but craft supplies, yarn, kits, etc. MY kind of store! Needless to say, this store became one of my favorites and I frequented it often.

Then they had a “Going Out of Business” sale!! Wellllll, this was the serious beginning of my stashing habit. I bought so much stuff I was almost ashamed of myself. They eventually had everything marked down to 75% off!! My two crafty sisters each got a huge box of supplies and kits for their birthdays that year. Which thrilled them to no end.

Then I started working at Wally World and worked mostly in the craft and sewing dept. I was up front and present when we clearanced items and of course the temptations were too much for me! One year after having way too many Christmas stocking kits left over after Christmas, I added to my already large stocking stash from Lee Wards.

At the time, my thoughts were to make a stocking for each one of my children and grandchildren because I was in the tradition of giving them all stockings filled with little goodies for Christmas. But working full-time with the odd hours I worked, moving from here to there, working on other crafts, and life got in the way. The stockings were forgotten for the most part.

Now it’s 2017 all of a sudden! The stocking tradition has fallen along the wayside unfortunately, but I still have all of these stocking kits!

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Twenty of them! Yes, I think I got carried away since I only needed 12 for all the kids and two more for Hubby and me. (Probably because I just forgot how many I already had.) Most of them are crafted from felt but there are a few cross-stitch and needlepoint ones as well.

I had opened up one of the cross-stitch ones a while back, divided the floss, and found and marked the center of the fabric. All ready to start stitching. So I got it put in a hoop and began.

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This will be the biggest cross-stitch project I’ve ever made IF I get it finished.

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Last year I thought that I would begin one of the felt kits. One of the first things I had to do in this kit was some satin stitch on these little tiny ornaments that were to go on the tree in the background.

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I don’t DO satin stitch. But I tried anyway. Not happy. So it got pushed to the back burner.

Well, it came out of hiding and I put my big girl panties on and started working on it again. Surprisingly, once I got past the satin stitch, it started going together pretty fast. And it’s fun!

So I have two of the stockings already started. Then Sis came over to craft last week.

After showing her “show and tell” and getting our coffee and pop corn made,

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we headed to my sewing room. I showed her all of the stocking kits and explained to her that I’d like to get as many as we can finished and we could put them in our booth to sell, or keep them to give away to whomever.

I asked her if she would be willing to help me with these stockings. (It’ll take me forever to get all these made up — especially the cross-stitch and needlepoint ones.) She’s a trooper and said that she would.

I had two needlepoint kits alike

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so she took one and I took the other and we started stitching.

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I think she was ready to chuck this one and donate it to someone who would enjoy working on it more. But we persevered, got them started finally and she took her kit home as “homework.”

It may not come back with her next time however. 🙂 I think I have a little more patience than Sis but I’m not enjoying working on this as much as I thought I would either. It’s awkward to work on, the floss we’re using doesn’t make a tight weave through the mess fabric, and it’s got embroidery stitches I’ve never used before so it’s frustrating at times. If I’m having this much trouble with it, I’m sure she is as well.

In addition to this mess in my sewing room, I bought some more sewing kits from Connecting Threads.

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I told myself that I wouldn’t do this, but THEY WERE ON SALE! I definitely have a disease.

Well, they’re here in my possession so I’ll work on them! I ironed the fabric from the kit that makes a tote bag, cut the fabric pieces out, (I HATE this part!), and copied the appliques. Now it’s ready to put together. More about this later.

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One Response to “The Year of the Stockings”

  1. Door Hangers and Then Some | Hearts-n-Crafts Says:

    […] on the Santa and Sis, the snowman. They’re made with felt in the same way that we made the stockings a couple of years ago. (Wow, that was a couple of years ago?!) I may or may not add a little trim […]

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