Friday, November 20, 2009
Stockings, Stockings, Stockings!!!
We are going to share a pattern, images and tips for making some Artgirly Holiday Stockings! The piece shown above is made with Artgirlz Patchy Fabric and lined with a piece of cotton. This gives the stocking an interesting surface with visual interest and texture. The top was folded down with an added beaded fringe. One of the nice things about this shape, is that it can be made up in any size and used as table decorations, or super sized for the mantle!
By stepping out and using some non-traditional fabrics you can twist the feel of the work. The stocking shown above has a fringe made of small white wool beads and a mix of small glass beads. This particular piece is only 6.5" high with a 2" fold.
The stocking below was constructed out of a piece of black felt and the finished size is 12". By using felt, you avoid the necessity of a lining. Just cut your shape, embellish before stitching keeping the edges clear for stitching the two sides together. The body of this piece is embellished with wool flowers and beads.
The other side of the stocking is hand embroidered with standard embroidery thread. The toe and heel are embellished with wool hearts and flowers. The top fringe is constructed with torn strips of of cloth and yarn sewn onto a strip that would fit around the top of the stocking. The strips are further embellished with wool felt beads.
Al made this Super Duper Santa Friendly Stocking that measures 20" long and 10" across the top! You could expect a load of goodies to fill this puppy! The best part of this piece is the snow people and cloth bead fringe around the top cuff.
To make the beads, just roll scraps of your patchy fabric and wrap with wire, metallic threads or ribbon. They can be as long or short as you want. Simple or complex...