It’s time for the annual celebration of the Jolly Red Christmas stockings that have been sent in to our Somerset workshop for our making up service. This year we’ve assembled albums of finished stockings so that you can see them here on our blog. We hope that seeing them together will help you to decide which one you’d like to stitch next, or which design to choose if you’re contemplating making your first stocking.
Our Christmas stocking tapestries fall into two sizes and shapes – a small boot shaped stocking, and a slightly larger and longer shape. Today we’ll focus on Silent Night Christmas stocking, which is one of the larger designs.
Silent Night is a really popular design, featuring as it does a wealth of traditional Christmas imagery. Father Christmas and the reindeer are delivering gifts against a starry sky. Below, there is a patchwork of Christmas themed imagery – a child’s toy fort, a Christmas pudding, a cat in a party hat, a snowman, a teddy and a rocking horse. A robin perches on a bauble branch, looking over a snowy landscape.
Each Christmas stocking kit comes with a colour printed canvas, and an additional alphabet with instructions and squared paper so that you can plan the chosen name to stitch on your name panel.
You can use the alphabet included with the kit, alter it slightly if you have a long name to fit in – or decide not to include a name at all on your stocking. We see name panels in a single colour and in rainbow colours.
We make up the Christmas stockings with either velvet or a thick cotton fabric for border, backing and hanging loop, with either a plain cotton or polka dot lining.
Today’s Silent Night pictures give you a good idea of the fabric and colour available, and there is more information here too.
Stay tuned for more Christmas stocking collections. We also have albums from previous years on our Facebook page, so pop along there too if you can. You’ll find our albums in the Photos area on our Jolly Red page.
Happy stitching, and remember – the earlier you start, the better!