Thursday, October 29, 2015

Stocking Stitchin'

Christmas is starting to bear down on us and I wanted to get the two adoptive grandchildren's stockings done. Sadly, it's not looking like we'll have them for Christmas but I thought if my daughter could hang their stockings, a little piece of them would be with us. I'm not allowed to share their names but here is what I have so far. 

For the little girl, I did Anna's Stocking by Shepherds Bush. I used embellishments I had on hand ---a lot of JABCO buttons---these were fresh on my mind after the recent class with them.

For the little boy, I'm stitching Oliver's Stocking by Shepherds Bush. I've switched out some fibers and am using some pretty Tweedies from Rainbow Gallery. You can't see the "tweediness" in the photo (the green in his jacket), but it is there and gives a "wool" effect.  Here is what I've accomplished so far.

A trip is in the works to Discount Fabrics in Thurmont, MD soon to pick out the backing fabrics for these. It helps they're having a  25% off sale starting Nov. 2nd! They sell decorator fabrics that I like to use for the backing...... a little more substance than cotton quilt fabric. It doesn't hurt that they sell Dupioni silk too, so I always take a gander at that.

Up until I started working on the stockings, I had been moving along nicely on the Needlewoman's Pocketbook by Amy Mitten. Here's my status on that--sorry it's a little subdued but I was trying to get all of it in one shot.

And now....drum roll please..... a fabulous find I got at an online auction!!! We live down the street from a lovely historic home (circa 1762) and it recently went on the market. Fortunately my husband was asked to do the home inspection for the buyer and I offered to help him (definitely had ulterior motives). It was an amazing place!!! They built a "new" house around the original 3 story log home --totally encapsulated it. Old, original flooring, beams, fireplaces, etc. in the living room, dining room and 4 bedrooms. Even had a long hallway running down the entire length of the "log" home  so you could see the actual exterior logs. New master bedroom, bath, kitchen and family room but blended very nicely. It was truly something out of Homes and Gardens magazine!!! Well, while doing my inspecting, I noticed a lovely old sewing stand that I had to bid on and won!!! I am thrilled with it...can't find any info on it... such as age   ( I googled and came up empty handed) but I love it and have never seen one shaped like this. I have to say these on line auctions are pretty cool and I may have to start checking more out. So, without further ado, here is the stand!

Last, but not least, is a shot of the grand kids in some Halloween PJ's I found for them at Target.

As always, thanks for stopping by and your "twisted Threads" of friendship! I do appreciate everyone who takes the time to read my blog and let me share my loves!


  1. The stockings look great, Stasi. Nice find with the stand! The grands are adorable in their Halloween jammies.

    Robin in Virginia

  2. Great looking stockings in the works. I had not heard of Tweedies. Is it possible to stitch with this on regular linen?
    That sewing stand is really cool.

    1. Vickie,
      Tweede is too thick for regular linen--I'm working on 18 count over two. It is probably more for needlepoint.

  3. The stockings are so sweet; good luck on the fabric hunt. I'm sure you'll find something perfect for the back.

    That sewing cabinet/stand is amazing! Next time you post can you show a picture of it opened up?

    Happy Halloween!

  4. Congrats on the sewing stand, Stasi. I've never seen one like it before. Very cool!

    1. Thanks Debbie--I was so tickled to get it!

  5. Oh Stasi what a post!!!
    First your two skeleton kiddies just gorgeous

    The stockings will turn out beautiful . I can see that already and hopefully next year they will be given to the " lucky receivers"��
    The pocketbook is absolutely splendid and reminds me that I should start mine
    The sewing stand is special and I am so glad you could get it, an absolute treasure.
    I thought is was a miniature but looking at it on the floor I realised that it must be a good size usable sewing stand which is fantastic.