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Monday, December 3, 2012

Victorian Christmas Stockings


Christmas is fast approaching and the crisp night air is filled with the music of sleigh-bells jingling through the snow…..what snow? More like rain, but I can Dream  ; )

Dream of A landscape filled with fresh fallen snow and old leaded glass windows on stone cottages in the country painted by Jack Frost with the most intricate, detailed wildflowers of Winter shimmering under the reflecting flame of the indoor hearth.



Our Christmas Hearth of a few Christmases past. 



I've been too busy working on some  Christmas Stockings but tomorrow I  plan to decorate our fireplace and entrance to our home. 


In-between creating the stockings I took a break from the hand sewing to give my hands a rest, never sewed so much in my life till now.
 I made a miniature two-three foot snowman, took me a whole 20 minutes to create.
 He will be part of the entrance and when it's decorated I'll show you my new snowman, he is just adorable!




So here are the three stockings, largely inspired as you might have guessed by no other than Doctor Zhivago ( the blush Pink ) and of course Queen Victoria and England .





This Edwardian style Christmas Stocking is really a deep wine red felted wool but shows like black on the monitor. The brooch is a perfect match for the fabric.




I love this vintage paste brooch, looks like a million dollars on this stocking and it can be worn on a dress or jacket.





The colour of the satin is more like the colour of the stocking




I've been having fun with my new machine and embroidered stars, fagot stitches, and more.
The rose is singed satin with a crocheted rose in the middle.




I just love this scalloped wedding lace with pearls, somehow feel more like an Edwardian type stocking, especially it's straight lines and vintage brooch I added to it. 




All these roses are hand crocheted and I added some champagne acrylic beads to their centres.

The ribbon isn't as dark as the photo shows but rather more on a light raspberry shade.



Embroidered by hand the french knot and blanket stitch and that wedding lace is Alencon French Lace. I also used tea dyed bias tape and added a wool felt heart with a sequin rosette



Vintage hand made sweet heart roses in the softest shade of pink and cream




These flower lace appliques are too beautiful, they shimmer in the light








Mother of Pearl vintage bird brooch , can be worn on dress or jacket.







A little felted wool heart and sequin rose.




A little vintage pearl icicle













A vintage pearl brooch …pearls are the same shade of ivory as the wool and trim…pin can be worn on jacket or dress besides the Christmas Stocking.








She hung the Stocking with care and waited for Santa to come





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