My youngest granddaughter turned one in October. They grow up too fast! Last year she was too new for a stocking and I had just finished B's stocking anyway. That story is here.
I have now made four very different stockings. I was stumped on C's for a long time, but finally this fall things began to come together. Her middle name means "Father's joy" and she is definitely Daddy's girl, so I asked Chase to take a photo of the two of them holding hands.
This is one of the two that she sent, shown in grey scale. I used this as the focus of C's stocking.
I debated for a while about how to actually get the photo onto the fabric. There is a way of using special fabric and your computer, but I'm not sure how washable the result is and, with dust allergies being an issue for my daughter, I wanted to be sure it would wash well.
Another technique I learned at my quilt guild several years ago was to use crayons. Heat will set the color into the fabric and it is washable. Should it ever fade too much, you can always recolor it. So I decided that was my best bet.
Only drawing is definitely not something I have a lot of experience with, although I do want to change that. But I figured it was only fabric and time and I determined to give it a try.
First step was to trace the outline unto the fabric, with the help of a light box.
Then I got busy with my crayons. If you ever want to try this, use Crayola only as other brands don't seem to have as much color in them.
To my surprise, my first attempt came out well - and I had a lot of fun doing it.
After that I had to figure out what else the stocking needed. Earlier on Chase and I had thought about using apples as a theme since C was born at the beginning of apple season, but I couldn't figure out how to make that work. Instead I decided on a simple snow scene out a window. Having recently gotten back into do some paper piecing, I designed my own pattern for the window.
As for the apples, I used some fabric with apples for part of the lining. I just forgot to take a photo of that part.
My mother started this tradition of making stocking for grandchildren and I'm very happy to continue it. Actually, the stockings my siblings and I had were also handmade, I just don't know by whom. I'd better see if my sister knows. Maybe I need to revise this story. The tradition may go back even further than I thought.
What are some of your favorite family traditions about Christmas?