Xmas Stockings
a 4 generation tradition

My great-grandmother made a decorative sequinned stocking, out of felt of a quality not available today (and probably pure wool to boot), starting a tradition that extended down through my great aunt, my mother and me. Not all the stockings—including that oldest one—are shown here, but I hope to add them as I get a chance to photograph them.

However, I think the ones shown will give some idea of the tradition. Originally, the design called for a felt stocking, with pinked edges, a pinked insertion of contrasting color, and a pinked hanging loop and strap finished with bells. The iconography—snowmen, christmas trees, sleighs—tended to be secular, made of cut-out shapes of felt stitched to the background and embroidered with sequins. My great Aunt started putting names on the flap.

Stockings from the 2013 Japan series, in progress.

My mother didn't mess with the formula much, but I've played with it a bit, especially changing the hanging loops to the more durable braids, and changing the shape of the flap and adding beads and thread embroidery to the mix. Another favorite trick is to stack sequins of differing shapes and sizes on top of each other, anchoring them with a central seed bead. I also sometimes incorporated non-felt fabric, and decorative machine embroidery.

Since stockings are only used once a year, they don't have the same demands of durability that ordinary jewelry or clothing do; thus, while not using materials as impermanent as the gift-wrapping I've felt (forgive the pun) freer to use sequins, which are plastic, and plastic beads (which keep the weight down) in these projects. I hope you will enjoy this bit of my family's traditions.

creation? 26nov2005; updates: 5jan08, 09jan09. photo added 23jan2014

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20180102

cichlid (fish) & star wars stocking. 02jan2018

 
20180101

Graphic patterns contrast with an octopus in this stocking 01jan2018

 
20171219

xmas tree stocking cuz it's good to have an extra 19dec2017

 
20171218

water stocking, 3rd in the Japan series. 18dec2017

 
20140127

2 pines xmas stocking. 27jan2014

 
20140124

an old sewing machine models for this stocking 24jan2014

 
20100110

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer stocking 10jan2010

 
20140109

snowman stocking 09jan2014

 
20140108

xmas stocking with shell theme. Part of the sail series. 08jan2014

 
20140107

Aya's polar bear stocking 07jan2014

 
20140106

the `I saw three ships' stocking 06jan2014

 
20140105

4th in a series featuring classic christmas fairy tale toys. 05jan2014

 
20140101

Gift's stocking was made in 2009. 01jan2014

 
20140103

Children's fairy tales, cont. 03jan2014

 
20131228

Yu's yellow stocking shows a high level of playfulness with scraps and loose threads. 28dec2013

 
20090108

This collection of sea themed stockings, mostly created in '06, was posted 27dec08, 31dec08, and 02jan09 respectively. This post created 08jan09. 08jan2009

 
20131229

Stocking based on a fairy tale . File originally created 06jan09. 29dec2013

 
20090106

A coyote/wolf serves as a lion analog in my tribute to the Noel xmas carol. Originally posted 06jan09. 06jan2009

 
20090102

Third in a series of sea-themed stockings. Originally posted 02jan09. 02jan2009

 
20080107

This xmas stocking in red and green, featuring holly returns to a favorite theme. Originally posted 7jan08. 07jan2008

 
20080106

This member from a `choir of heav'nly angels' holds the distinction of being on the `longest to complete' stocking . Originally posted 6jan08. 06jan2008

 
20080105

2007 Xmas stocking made for Japanese Daughter for the Year, using a temari and sakura theme . Originally posted 20080105. 05jan2008

 
20061215

In which xmas crafts consume my dining room table. 15dec2006

 
20051125

Carol of the Bells file added 25nov05 25nov2005

 
20050214

two generations back. . Page includes a link to a picture of a creche ( Mary, Jesus & Joseph ) made by the same (great) Aunt. 14feb2005

 
20050212

I'm beginning to like blue (2004?) 12feb2005

 
20050212

Poinsetta , A personal favorite 12feb2005

 
20050211

another pink stocking 11feb2005

 
20050211

lighthouse or candle? 11feb2005

 
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one generation back 11feb2005

 
20181203

light blue & white snowflake stocking made in the early 2000s. 03dec2018

 
20050211

Ballerina on pink 11feb2005

 
20050211

winnie-the-pooh themed stocking 11feb2005