|Here is a close-up of my 'fancy' stitches!! They remind me of a heart rate monitor...beep-beep-beep.|
More Christmas anyone!??
Here is my finished cross stitch stocking:
|I used the most annoying gold thread - it kept splitting. Perhaps I need some beeswax?|
I may make it into a small ornament with homemade piping (I've never made piping before so it would be a first!) to hang from a door knob/handle... or maybe make it into a card or perhaps into something else? Not sure... I have a bit of time before I need it (hahaha - only 5 months!) so I can sit and think about it!
And lastly, here is my 'shaggy' Christmas Stocking with hand embroidery! I first sewed strips of fabric together into a large block. I then stitched 'Merry Christmas' in black threads on the cream fabric strips. You can just see one at the top of the stocking.
I then 'quilted' the block onto osnaberger (or however you spell that stuff!) with three lines of stitching on each strip of fabric. I then used a "Cover Slash Cutter" to slice the fabric in between each sewn line of stitching in order to create the cut/shaggy effect -- but not on the cream strips. I made a stocking template, traced it onto the fabric for the front and back of the stocking and cut it out and stitched it together. I also added binding to the top and some ribbon to hang it. Done!
NOTE: be very careful that you are only cutting through the quilting fabric and NOT the osnaberger. The osnaberger should stay intact as it is the inside of your stocking!
I'm actually not too keen on the shape of the stocking but it does mean A LOT OF STUFF can be put into it, which is great news for Santa as he usually brings A LOT OF STUFF. It is about 11" wide and 22" long to the heal = big for a stocking!
I'm off to hem some trousers. Have a great night!!
[EDIT - linked to Quilting Lines: Christmas Stocking Hangout]
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