Stocking Iterations Over 34 Years
|Eliza's stocking -in process|
While working on baby Eliza's stocking recently, I realized that our stockings have gone through a sort of evolution which reflects both the various crafts popular during their era and my amount of free time.
At this point in our family life we have a real mishmash of stocking types. I suppose ideally, I'd start over and make a whole new set of matching stockings for everyone in our family. And, to fit the times, I guess they should either be burlap (or maybe that's passe' by now?) or perhaps all white. But I'm not about to start all over. So here's the hodge-podge we have.
Way back in the early 1980s, I made these beauties for Tim and I for our first Christmas:
Their chief asset is size. (They dwarf the little ones I've made for everyone else. Mwahahaha!) Plus they were speedy things to whip up with the prequilted fabric, important since that December I was more focused on studying for chemistry finals than making Christmas crafts.
But then our first children started arriving, and I had more spare time. At least at first. And cross stitch was all the rage, so of course that's what I used.
CHILDREN'S STOCKING #1 - mid '80s-early '90s
But all that cross-stitching was tedious! Plus the demands on my time were ever growing. Not to mention the fact that PRAIRIE POINTS were all the rage!
So we moved on to:
CHILDREN'S STOCKINGS #2 - mid '90s -early 2000s
These stockings went together more quickly than the cross-stitched one. But the truth is, mostly I switched because I just like doing hand quilting better than I like cross-stitching.
These stockings have serviced our family pretty well. But a few years ago the grands started arriving and we needed more.
And by this time, the old prairie points look dated. So - on to a new style!
CHILDREN'S STOCKINGS #3 - 2010s
These are really fun to sew! And reasonably quick, since the only hand sewing is on the binding. I more or less use this tutorial. Some day I hope to get around to embroidering names on each one, but I don't think that's going to happen this year. ;)
And just for fun, here's the stocking MY mom made for me, 55 years ago:
|ca. 1960 - sadly in need of some restoration|