Posts Written On December 2014

Embroidered Christmas Stocking — Woodland Animals

I decided to take my own advice and make a stocking using Lois Lenski’s illustrations from Christmas Stories. One tree design and a few other elements were used for the embroidery; the animals and the name were tinted with colored pencils. I just noticed in the photo that my squirrel looks like he’s leaning backwards — oh well. The main fabric is an old khaki twill skirt of mine, and it’s lined with a vintage postage stamp cheater print. The vintage candy striped  binding just arrived in the mail as a bonus with several other items I ordered from the Etsy shop of my friend, Patty (she always throws in a bunch of extra goodies for me), and I think it’s the perfect finishing touch for Aaron’s stocking. Thank you, Patty!




December Apron Winner

Thank you so much for all your nice comments on the December apron giveaway. The winner this month is commenter #15, Sharrie.


Next month I’m going to make a more subdued apron. I recently saw this photo on ebay, and it reminded me of my husband. Gordon is a wonderful cook, and does almost all of the cooking (my feeble efforts usually involve defrosting a pot of something he has made earlier). I feel a little guilty that he always ends up having to wear the girly aprons I make, even though he does look pretty cute in them.


So, I will attempt to make a more manly apron for Gordon for Christmas, and  a gender neutral apron for the January giveaway. This is going to be a challenge!


Antique Embroidery Designs — Poinsettias and Holly

Newspaper patterns from the early 1900s were usually designed to be stitched on linens and garments that nobody uses anymore, but I still love finding and restoring these old patterns. The designs themselves are beautiful, and I feel they can look modern in the right setting. Sometimes I’ll stitch a whole pattern, but when I need something small, I just copy one element from a larger design. As usual, click images to enlarge.

Holly Centerpiece
E.F. Washington, 1910

Holly Cushion for Brother
Mary V. Fox, 1910

Poinsettia Design for Tray Cloth
Eleanor Norris, 1912

Poinsettia in Outline
E.J. Buckman, 1912
1/4 of pattern

Holly Sprays and Corner Design
Sara Hale Hunter, 1908


December Apron Giveaway

Today is the six year anniversary of my blog, so it’s fitting that there should be a giveaway. This month I’m offering an apron for those of you who celebrate Christmas. I am very fond of the “apron with an apron” style, and for this hostess apron I used a piece of vintage ornament fabric as the scalloped overskirt and a red dot Michael Miller print for the skirt.

Please let me know in a comment below if you are interested in entering the giveaway. I will use a random number generator to pick a winner on Wednesday, December 10. And finally, a huge thank you to all the commenters who have kept me going these past six years!