Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Socks and Stockings

Greetings, all!

We were admiring Simply Fabulous Cari's blog the other night and were freshly intrigued by the whole pile of Blackbird Designs stockings and inspired to look through the basket that holds them at the shop, selecting some favorites. Here are some of my choices, along with some small fabric cuts and the GAST and Crescent Colours fibers:

A close-up of some of my favorites: "Thankful November"

"Patriotic July."

We have lots of small, colorful fabric cuts in different counts and fabric types (Lakeside, Picture This Plus, Weeks Dye Works, R&R Reproductions, etc.) If you want to order one of these little stockings, we'll be glad to choose a fabric for you to go with the design. These are cost-effective little projects. You get three designs to a leaflet, which includes the charts, finishing directions and a template for cutting out the stocking. It doesn't take much fabric, and the floss is cotton variegated. Best of all, there isn't a dud pattern in the bunch!

I roamed around the shop, remembering all the wonderful stocking designs we have: These two stunners by Carriage House Samplings: Noa's Stockingh; and

Sampler Stocking. By the way, if you hate to finish, we have a wonderful service that we send your designs out to, so that instead of wrestling with fabric and interfacing and turning hems, you can just stitch and turn your finished products over to an expert.

Prairie Moon did a series for Christmas.

Sam Sarah did stockings with huge ornaments on them, or this one: Hot Chocolate, dressed up with buttons that look like candy canes and marshmallows.

Of course, you can knit a Christmas stocking if you'd rather--from this book.

And if you're feeling ambitious, start one of these now! Shepherd's Bush, of course.

And one last project to stitch for Christmas. This Churchmouse Classics design--a ruffled scarf. We're showing some yarn you might want to use. We have lots of different colorways.

Wednesday (tonight, as you're reading this) is Stitch Night, and we hope to see you here! Don't be shy--everyone is very friendly and welcoming.

We are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 12:30 - 4:30 on the first Sunday of the month. The first and third Wednesdays of the month are Stitch night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Watch this space for notes about hours around the holidays.

Happy Stitching!

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