Last year, I decided I wanted to make a stocking for myself. When I heard about the winter challenge, I decided it was just the push I needed to complete the project this year.
To see the other beautiful entries, just CLICK HERE. I love seeing the different way the same materials were used!
There was also an Evening Star Designs 2013 Miniature Challenge. To see those beauties, CLICK HERE.
I did not win a prize through Evening Star Designs, but I had a lot of fun, tried some new techniques, and ended up with a stocking that will become a family heirloom someday.
Here was the block after it was pieced. I traced a stocking I liked the shape of onto muslin and then added a few inches to the height so it would meet the 100 square-inch requirement for the challenge. (It was just over 102 sq. in.)
The snowman in the center is from a fabric in my stash that I really like, but have been unable to use. Of course, once I began stitching, I had to keep reminding myself I was limited to a winter theme. (Christmas ideas kept popping into my mind!)
|One of my favorite seams.|
I wanted to add a button cluster, but could not find a combination that pleased me. While moving the buttons around I was struck with the idea of this snowman. I was so happy with this little fellow (pictured here without his scarf) that I added one to Kathy's block in our round robin.
The snowflake/snowman border along the ribbon was fun to make! And, I do love snow days - as long as I do not have to drive anywhere!
I adapted the poinsettia from a motif design in The Silk Ribbon Embroidery Bible by Joan Gordon.
The tree was adapted from the pencil pine in Diana Lampe's book Embroidery for all Seasons. (If it looks familiar, I stitched a pencil pine onto Barbara's block in our round robin.)
I enjoyed this challenge so much that I signed up to receive the Evening Star Design Newsletter so I will not miss hearing about next year's challenge.