Firstly a string of 'Noel' bunting;
And some patchwork stockings which I thought would be popular....
...... until the children told me they weren't 'big enough'!
I also stitched a couple of designs inspired by the fantastic work of Nancy Halvorsen. I love her nativity designs, so adapted them from her original which was she intended to be used as a wall quilt. I simplified it and made it more suitable for the front of my stockings.
I created the main panels of each stocking using my two favourite techniques of the moment; raw edge applique and free-motion embroidery. The top half of each stocking is simply patchwork squares, which I then quilted by 'stitching in the ditch'. This made them feel lovely and thick, especially as I upcycled thermal curtain linings for the batting/wadding! On the same theme, the linen used both for Joseph's head-dress and the cow came from a pair of old summer trousers. I was pretty pleased with the finished item until I pressed it, at which point one of the squares slightly shrunk so I must have used a poly-cotton mix....sigh!