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Wednesday, December 6, 2006

Blue and Orange Christmas Stockings!

A couple of weeks ago, I offered to make Christmas stockings for my nephew and grandson. This will be the first Christmas for both of them. I have been thinking about the design for these stockings for quite some time. I wanted to put a star on them. OK - that seemed reasonable. But then, I realized that I really wanted to screen print the three wise men as well. OK - also reasonable. I pulled out all kinds of fabrics in reds and greens from my stash but nothing seemed right. I decided to paint the fabric, and as I considered my image - I could not escape the fact that red or green was just not going to cut it for this idea.

Yesterday, I painted a sunset sky as the backdrop for the star and wise men. Turned out OK - so I went ahead and fused the foreground - a scrap of hand dyed black. Then, I screen printed the wise men in black and the star in gold.

Today, I layered and quilted the fronts. Then, I put them together with a single layer of fabric for the back of the stocking (I was rather surprised to discover a commercial fabric in the perfect shade of blue and purple - printed with wise men - perfect for the back of the stocking. I bound them and just now finished hand sewing the binding.

Is it OK to have a Christmas stocking that is blue and orange? I really like these stockings, but they might throw a wrench in the traditional holiday decorating scheme. (I used to care about such things back when I went in for holiday decorating - now I begrudge the time it takes to put up a Christmas tree because it is time out of the studio!). I wonder if the boys will someday feel cheated because their stocking does not have a jolly red Santa or green Christmas tree on it.

10 comments:

Terry said...

I think they are fabulous and perfectly "appropriate". These are lucky kids--I'll bet they love them.

Linda Teddlie Minton said...

I lurf them! (lurf = more than love)

Leslie said...

What she said, they are gorgeous. How fortunate for the kids to have such a talent in the family. I don't think that there really is a right or wrong for Christmas, as mine's blue and gold...

Anonymous said...

Stunning, just stunning. It's nice that they are getting beautiful stockings that will be with them their whole life! Way to go.

Anonymous said...

These are very beautiful. Absolutely appropriate. Your nephews are so loved and lucky.

Lynda Thompson

Pamelaj said...

These are so nice !! I think its nice to see a Chrstmas Theme without the red and Green. Lovely

Caroline said...

These are lovely. And I want one, too....

Louise in SW Saskatchewan said...

How could these NOT be appropriate... You've got the magi, the first Christmas gift givers on them.... that sunset sky is wonderful! They will be reminded of the true meaning of Christmas with these hanging up every year.

The obvious thought that went in to the making of them will mean much!

Anonymous said...

I think these are beautiful! Especially since blue and orange happens to be one of MY favorite color combos!

Susan said...

Blue and Orange, in this case are the perfect Christmas colours!