I made stockings for my husband's nieces and nephews. It took me about a month to finish Cecelia's (so. many. sequins!) and then last weekend I realized it was 2 weeks until Christmas and I had 3 more to do. So I started sewing fast. I did some of the larger chunks on the machine, but the smaller pieces (i.e. most of the stockings) had to be done by hand and by an act of God, I got them done and shipped off today.
My paternal grandmother made me an incredibly intricate stocking made out of felt and gobs of sequins (see picture below), back when she was alive. I've had the stocking ever since and it's one of those few prized posessions that I have.
My stocking looked awfully lonely on the mantel, so I made one for Chris after we got married.
Then Bryan moved out here and he needed one too. I swear, I almost went blind making his--it's a lot of sequins.
Naturally I had to make some for the nieces and nephews. So without further ado, here they are:
Closeup of the little itty-bitty teeny-tiny mouse in the corner:
I'm really pleased with all of them, but I really love Elise's. There are a lot of details that don't show up in the photos: the tutu on the ballerina is actual tulle trim; all of the little presents have bows on them; the ballerina has little pink lips; and nutcracker on Evan's has some cool trim on the uniform.