Felt is very 'in' right now. It took me a while to warm up to it, but this book, Scandinavian Needlecraft, really got me excited:
I like the modern take on Swedish designs. The advantage to felt is that I don't have to worry about frayed edges at all. I won't have to back my stocking with interfacing or batting. I love the reindeer and the whispy swirls below. I asked Scott to choose his favorite of the three stockings and he also liked the reindeer. Shoot! That's the one I liked! But am I really surprised? Mmm..nope! The reindeer is pretty sweet. I paid a fortune for red boiled wool felt at Fancy Tiger Crafts. Joann's didn't have any and I wanted something really nice to be a family heirloom someday. I chose cream wool felt for the reindeer, itself, which came in a 99 cent square, much cheaper than the body of the stocking.
Even though I mentioned the stocking idea to the Hubs, he probably forgot about it. I bought the felt without his knowledge and try to work on the stocking when he's not around or too distracted to notice. (FYI - Fail Blog and The Ultimate Fighter are great distractions. Also, making cheese, if your hubs is into that kind of thing.)
I blew up the pattern, though not as big as the book suggests, and traced it onto some tracing paper. The recommended size was enormous and required more felt than I wanted to pay for. I cut out my reindeer from the cream felt, and stitched the embroidery with the tracing paper pattern in between. I was a little nervous how the stitching would look after I ripped the tracing paper off.
I thought it would pull out stitches and leave bits of paper behind, but it wasn't bad. I did have to adjust some of the stitching by tightening threads from the underside, but it took me all of like, two minutes to do so. I'm no embroiderer, and cannot free hand anything to save my life. I was tickled pink to see that the stitching looks great, just like the picture!
I just noticed that the instructions say to embroider the reindeer directly to the stocking. I didn't do this, so I will have to use Wonder-Under to fuse it to the stocking. I'm sure it will be fine.
That's it for the progress of Scott's stocking. At first, I thought for my stocking I'd make the snowflake in the picture next to the reindeer stocking, but it really didn't excite me. So, I'm thinking of putting felt poinsettias on my stocking. Here are some examples I found:
I want them to look a little more 3D, though:
Maybe I will do a hybrid of these two poinsettias. I also like this tiny embroidered poinsettia:
Please know that if you say poinsettia like 'poin-set-eee-u' you are saying the word correctly, but it also sounds duchy, whereas pronouncing it 'poin-set-tu' sounds much more normal but less like you have any speck of plant knowledge. (If Ted Mosby said this word, he would use the duchy pronunciation). I am a plant nerd but do not want to come off as duchy, so I trade off on pronunciations.
I'm not completely sold on the poinsettias but I am a plant addict. It is either this, or mistletoe or holly because if you know me at all you will know that I can't stand hearts. Sorry. I am probably a less cutesy person than you imagined a crafty person being.
I found this wonderful book at the library. I had no idea how many craft/sewing books there were! This is a great book with wonderful, clear pictures and instructions. I am really bad at keeping secrets from Scott. I hope he doesn't find out what I'm up to.