Hand Embroidered Christmas Stockings and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

by ilene on December 24, 2014 · 1 comment

in christmas, decor, holidays, sewing

Merry Christmas, my friends!!!!!

Here are my family’s Christmas stockings hung up and ready to be stuffed with goodies tonight:


I bought these white cable knit stockings from Target last year for $14 each but never got a chance to hang them up since we were in San Diego/Vegas last Christmas.  Luckily, I had the foresight to buy four stockings last winter in case we ever had a second child.  Jeff thought I was being a crazy shopoholic for buying stockings last year that we didn’t even use and an extra one for a non-existent person, but I’m so glad I did!  Now our second daughter won’t have a mismatched stocking!  And I finally got to hang them up!

I have been looking for a neutral cable knit stockings for awhile and you can’t beat the Target price.  I wanted to customize them with our names though and thought it’d be cute to embroider our first names with some chunky yarn.  For this project, I used leftover gray wool yarn and bought a tapestry needle :


The tapestry needles work great because they are larger and thicker than regular sewing needles and have an extra large eye to thread the thick yarn through:embroidered_stockings2

I wished I had a disappearing fabric ink marker so that I could trace out the letters before I sewed them, but mine dried up so I sort of freehand sewed as I went.  The letters turned out sort of wonky but I kind of like that they are imperfect and have that handmade look to them.  It look awhile to finish each name (luckily we all have pretty short first names!) and I was able to sew one stocking a night in front of the tv. We still haven’t decided on a name for baby girl #2 yet, but here are the current three of us:


Since we don’t have a mantle, the stockings are hung on our media console:embroidered_stockings3

Here is our Christmas card this year!

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See our holiday cards from previous years: 2013, 2012, 2011 & 2010

Jeff’s making his famous Peking duck for us tomorrow!  He’s also brushing up on his guitar skills so that we can sing some Christmas carols.   I’m planning on  making a special pancake breakfast and Zoey and I will bake a birthday cake for baby Jesus.  Then we are off on a short road trip down the central California coast with my family.

Merry Christmas from my family to yours!!! Hope this holiday season is a joyful one for you!!!  Wishing you all the best!

Thanks for reading my blog! See you in the new year!

Lots of love, ilene


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