Adorn a handmade stocking with tassels and trims – Christine Leech shows you how
50cm (19 ") white felt Wool roving in dark pink, light pink, green, blue and turquoise Selection of trimmings, including ribbons, pom-pom trim and ric-rac Pink sewing thread Embroidery thread in gold, light green, dark pink and turquoise Crochet yarn in fuchsia, light pink, dark blue, light blue, turquoise and light green Crystal gems (we used Swarovski sew-on crystals) A6 piece of card Embroidery needle Yarn needle Felting needle Felting mat Pompoms and tassels and roving and bling – these are a few of our favourite things. And, they’ve all been incorporated into one jewel-coloured, texture-filled, yarn-tastic tactile stocking.
Using a range of techniques, from felting to embroidery, this project is so much fun to make. So, dig deep into your craft supplies, let your inner magpie fly, and pull out your brightest and boldest yarns, threads and trims. You could keep your version neutral using soft pastel hues, but we love the idea of bright, clashing shades adding a pop of colour to our mantelpiece.
01 Using the template on page 98, cut two stocking shapes and one cuff from the white felt.
02 Place one stocking right side (RS) up on the felting mat. Take a length of dark pink roving and spread it out over the toe area, shaping the right-hand edge to create a curve. Use the felting needle to secure the roving in place, pushing it down with quick motions to combine the fibres with the felt and create a solid layer. If any white felt is still showing, position another small piece of roving over the gap and repeat.
03 Repeat Step 2 with light pink roving to felt the heel, this time, creating a rounded curve at the left-hand edge, as shown. Cut away the excess roving from the felt.
04 Using zigzag stitch, add a pink border, 1cm ( 3 /8") out from the roving at the heel. Position a length
of blue pom pom trim 1cm ( 3 /8") away from the roving at the toe, and sew with pink zigzag stitch.
05 Drape a 20cm (77/ 8") piece of light pink crochet yarn between the middle tines of a fork. Take a piece of light pink roving, roughly 3cm (1¼") thick and 18cm (71/ 8") long, and wrap it around the fork prongs.
06 Tie the yarn around the roving to make a bundle. Slip it off the fork and cut both sides open. Work the bundle into a pom pom, then trim to neaten, leaving the lengths of crochet yarn uncut. Repeat with different coloured roving and yarn to make five pom poms.
07 Position the pom poms on the stocking, using the image as a guide to placement. Use the yarn tails to sew them in place.
08 Decorate the white spaces between the pom poms by sewing star shapes in gold embroidery thread. Work a large straight stitch, roughly 2cm (¾") long, then sew a cross stitch over the top. Vary the lengths of the stitches on each one to give a twinkly effect.
09 Next, embroider decorative borders around the roving at the heel. First, work a row of straight stitches in turquoise thread. Intersperse with gold stitches, worked at 90° angles, and going through the roving. Then, add a line of light green straight stitches in the area between the turquoise stitches and the pink zigzag stitch.
10 Embroider more decorative borders around the roving at the toe. Work a long running stitch in light green thread between the pom pom trim and the roving, then intersperse it with short vertical stitches in gold. Add hand-sewn zigzag stitch in dark pink thread to the edge of the roving, then work a row of turquoise French knots on the roving, inside each V-shape.
11 Sew five crystal gems to the roving on the heel using matching thread, then repeat with the toe.
12 Pin the two stocking shapes with wrong sides ( WS) together and use pink zigzag stitch to sew around the edges, leaving the top open.
13 Lay the cuff RS up, then position a selection of trimmings along the length in rows, leaving a 5cm (2") wide gap across the centre for the roving. Sew the trimmings in place using pink thread.
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