Sunday, November 25, 2007

Gillian's Christmas Stockings

Well, I have made a start. I thought I had a simple design. Just four Christmas stockings hanging cheerfuly.

Here's a sketch.

I will use left over reds and greens.

Well, I've been slicing and sewing. And I'm finding it much more fiddly than I expected. I think I will need to do a lot of planning if I am to avoid set-in seams.

Here's progress so far.

Now that I am this far, I'd like to continue. I can see some embroidery embellishing the surface, in due course. Gold tassels?



jude said...

great start, i love the adventurous angles!

KnitOneQuiltTooKristin said...

These are looking great! The colors are wonderful.

Carol E. said...

Love all the patchy colors! I can't wait to see where else you take this.

Lynda said...

Looks great to me!

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

your stockings are fabulous. I love the pieced background. this looks wonderful, but it looks like you're already hit a set in seam (if that stocking second from the left is already sewn on) - eek. I can see how to get around that though if you take that one off and then add more green above the stockings on the right. You're braver than I am!

Rose Marie said...

Those stockings are sweet and you are so right about set-in seams .... got to avoid those! Have got to see more of this design.

Gillian said...

aaargh... I've already got multiple set in seams - in the crook of each stocking for starters. Now I'm just trying to minimise.

Tonya - that stocking is not yet joined so I will be avoiding that set in seam. I'm also trying to avoid the long straight line that is appearing over the two stockings on the right.

I'm trying to work without drawing the whole thing on paper first. I'm very attracted to your 'if it's too big chop it off; if it's too small add a bit' approach. I can do that, but I'm not altogether sure I'm going to like the results!

It's kind of fun watching it emerge and seeing new possibilities (and problems) at each step.

Facing the challenges. Practising persistence.

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

Gillian, don't forget that you can piece a bunch of fabric together and then sew it on above those stockings on the right. - you don't just have to add one big piece. that will help to keep breaking up the background. It is gorgeous.