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is anyone in the mood to make christmas stockings yet?

Hello!  Where did the summer go?  Did yours disappear as fast as mine?  We spent two weeks on the most traditional/classic of family holiday at Disneyland and other theme parks.  Our girls are gowing up and won't want to do this sort of thing forever.  I really love Disnelyland, but if I never have to stand in line again ...

Then we escaped to Palm Springs - our most favourite place on the planet - and didn't even want to complain once about the desert heat.  The deafening cicadas were music to our ears (just as long as we didn't see any - that is one super gross bug!) and I miss our family moonlit swims in the pool.

But now it's back to work, back to school, back to cooler weather - I'm actually wearing fuzzy socks for the first time in months and wow do they feel cozy! ... and hopefully back to more sewing.  I managed to get a lot of hexie-ing done ... yes, on that long-ago started 1/2" diamond number that I'm so ashamed isn't done yet.  I'll show you my progress soon.

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In the meantime, I have a delinquent pattern to publish.  Remember when I was all banana-nuts-crazy in love with Little Joys?  Well, I'm still in love with it.  A few months ago I designed a cute set of stockings and I finally parked myself at the computer to write up the pattern for you.  I'm calling it Something for Everyone Applique Stockings because ... well ... take a look.

If you like machine or hand applique, I think you'll have fun with this pattern.  The shapes are easy and easy to position.  Precision is not a requirement.  The stockings can be made in ANY fabric.  Use your favourite prints for the background and then it's all solids to create the merry motifs.  As you can see, I sprinkled each stocking with either a few sequins/beads or buttons.  (Shh, I even just glued the buttons on ... something I NEVER do!!!)  If you have a jar of spare shirt buttons, the snowflake design is a stashbuster for sure.  I can picture a whole row of just snowflake stockings ...

Templates are all full size with seam allowances included.  Although I don't mention this in the pattern, I used a different top-stitch design for each one.  And as with all my patterns, I take care of the details - these are fully lined and have a discreet ribbon so you can hang these by the chimney with care. ;)

For the moment, this pattern is only available as a PDF in my online shop.

Oh it's so nice to be back.  Thanks for stopping by.  I'll try to not be away for so long again.  Kay?

xo k

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Reader Comments (8)

Sounds like a great holiday with Disneyland and desert:-)
Sorry, but it's still too hot here to even think about thinking of xmas although your stockings are lovely and stockings are on my sewing list a few years now. But the great thing about xmas it's coming again next year;-)
August 31, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHildy
Glad you had a great summer K but I agree where on earth did it disappear too!
V x
August 31, 2015 | Unregistered Commentergreenrabbitdesigns
These are soooooo amazingly cute! I pretty much swooned when I first saw the Little Joys collection. My mid-century heart was totally smitten. We are pinching pennies right now, so it may be a while before I get the pattern but I really wanted to tell you how much I adore these stockings. Your work is always wonderful and these are a shining example. I think I might put a band on the top with the fabríc that inspired the figures, probably cut in half with a solid band to embroider names on. I love Christmas :) and it will be so much cuter this year with the happy little reindeer from Little Joys frisking about. Thanks so much!
August 31, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBeth
Those are just adorable! Loving the little snowmen
September 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCarla
Hi Kristyne! please check your personal emails. :) Ali O
September 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAli O
Hi! Yay! You're back! Yes, I am in the mood to start thinking about Christmas now that the weather is not as sweltering! Cute stockings! :O)
September 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBari Jo
I love looking at and doing applique. Absolutely beautiful.
September 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHandmadeDIVA
Ha ha, a girl after my own heart! Not afraid to start thinking Christmas thoughts early. I was actually thinking the other day that I must write up my crochet stocking pattern before Christmas. Great minds, ours! Love these, especially... well, it's hard to choose... maybe the gingerbread men. All lovely though.

S x
September 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSandra (Cherry Heart)

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