Phew! That was a lot of work...but worth it! I hope that one day my granddaughters will remember me as fondly as I do my own mom because of the beautiful stockings that she made for us.
Cora's stocking was particularly challenging because it had so many little toys and characters. A ball, a bear, a drum, a car, a doll, a doll house and a Santa in his workshop. I used satin stitch, outline stitch, cable stitch, a French knot, and appliqué.
I spent a minimum of 2- 3 hours a night stitching since about mid November -- and I got it done just in time!!!
Everyone that sees it says, "I could never do that." And guess what? Yes, you can! All it takes is perseverance. Truly. It just takes time. There's nothing to the stitches, they're not difficult. And besides that, all you have to do is use scissors to cut everything out!
So, if you're thinking of starting a project like this -- do it! You will feel so accomplished, and you will have a beautiful object made by you.
There's lots of other kinds of stitching projects in a similar vein (not just stockings!) - and if you are interested you should visit Herrschners catalog.
They have every kind of needle craft you can imagine - and all gorgeous!
Let me know if you decide to take the plunge!