Today I have finished baby Jesus on the Bucilla felt Christmas stocking I have been working on.
I am grateful that I didn't ever have to make costumes for calisthenics or ballet performances. Adding sequins to the stocking is interesting, providing definition and signalling status - but I can't imagine doing thousands, or even hundreds of them. They also catch on any subsequent threads as you embroider around the sequined section.
I can't help thinking how difficult it must be to change a nappy with your own clothes full of bling and the baby's halo shining in your face.
I like the three- dimensional effect, though. The felt layering and progressive stuffing gives quite a sculpting feel to the work.
I am now down to the flowers and leaves - a bit more red and green to off- set the blue and white of Mary.
Friday update: I now have only one poinsettia to go. It is quite a dazzling tableau. I do like working with the felt - it stretches just a little and shapes easily.
His family owned the company until 1922 when it became an employee-owned company. Since 1962 it has been owned by the Indian Head Corporation and Greyhound, amongst others. Today it is under the wing of Plaid Enterprises. They still produce a new stockings and ornaments to mark each Christmas. The stockings cover a very wide range of tastes, but there seem to be enough online sellers on unopened kits from many years ago, so it was easy to find what I wanted. I think this one was from 1999.
This is the final product, minus the name, to protect ( a little) the Christmas surprise.
I am pleased with it.