We love Christmas stockings and are delighted to share with you our newest one, Woodland Owls. The design is based on the original Owls Christmas stocking – Stanley in the picture below – that we launched last year, but is in the slightly smaller boot shape. Welcome, Amelia!
Look closely and you’ll have fun spotting the many differences in the two designs. Tapestry design is a funny business and I do sometimes wish it was as straightforward as it may seem to “just convert one to the other shape”, but in reality it can be quite tricky. For the Woodland Owls almost every element of the original Owls stocking had to be re-drawn or altered in some way, and jiggled about with to allow for the difference in the shape of the stocking.
The only thing that stayed the same as the original was the size of the owls’ eyes, because if they became any smaller the owls wouldn’t have the same expressions. I hope you’ll agree that the new owl family is just as cute as the first one!
If you’ve already made some of our other boot shaped stockings for children in your family and have another child desperate for a stocking of his/her own, Woodland Owls is a great new addition to our range – and your collection. Perhaps you could even make a start on stitching it over the spring and summer months? You won’t be the only stitcher planning ahead, and it’ll avoid an autumn panic to get it finished.
As in the larger shaped Owls stocking, Woodland Owls shows a festive procession of woodland animals (and a cheeky Jack Russell, not wanting to miss out on any fun) coming to wish the owls a merry Christmas. The owls are already tucked up for the night in their favourite oak tree, with their friend the robin.
In the distance, the trees are decorated and a sleeping village awaits Santa’s visit.
What’s in a kit? Here’s a look at the kit contents in a Woodland Owls tapestry kit. There’s a colour printed 10 holes per inch canvas with symbols reference chart, and another separate alphabet chart with an instructions sheet to help you to plan the name on your stocking. As with all Jolly Red kits, there’s also a generous supply of Anchor tapestry wool, a needle, and stitching instructions. It’s all presented in a red, rope-handled bag which is great to keep your wool in as you stitch.
Thinking about a tapestry frame? Take a look here to see the range of UK made clip frames that we keep in stock. Unlike the old style of sew-on tapestry frames, the clip ones do exactly as you’d expect – they use strong clips to hold your canvas in place while you stitch. You’re ready to get started in no time at all!
For Woodland Owls and the other Christmas stockings in the same shape, any of the 18″ – 24″ frames will be fine. Choose a 24″ frame if you think you might stitch a wider cushion in the future.
If you’d like to create an owls theme for a child’s bedroom, Alphabet Owls would be another great tapestry to stitch and can stay on display during the months when Woodland Owls is safely put away.
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the new Woodland Owls Christmas stocking. Do you like it? Stay tuned for more new designs coming later in the spring.
PS It’s so early to mention it (sorry!)…but…start your Christmas stocking now and you’ve got loads of time before our 20th October making up deadline.