Monday, December 30, 2013

twenty-four years...

 i had to wait twenty-four years, but i finally got my way...

the story actually begins two years before that, on september 25 to be precise

when our son was born

fast forward to december 23 and i had finally run out of time to make the beautiful christmas stocking i had planned in my head
i rummaged and found a christmassy piece of pre-quilted fabric and in a few minutes i had run up a simple stocking on my sewing machine, knowing there would be a whole year ahead to make a better one

that second year flew by as quickly as the first and another christmas came and went; the same stocking was hung for doug, with the same thought as previously... a whole year ahead to make the new one...

and then came year three, and as i gathered fabrics and bits and pieces a furor arose that would rival any clashing and prancing of hoofs on the roof

seems he quite liked "his" stocking, and didn't want another

and i was stopped in my tracks by one of the greatest forces i've ever encountered... thwarted by a combination of a two-year old's alligator tears and a temper tantrum

this year i finally got my way though - the stocking was nowhere to be found, lost somewhere between home, condos, apartments and a van

the same old issue of not a lot time presented itself, but i work faster now, and the general idea had had many years to percolate... an appliqued old-world style santa was what i had always envisioned

i decided to use some of the aberfeldy tweed i bought in scotland this past october as the base fabric...
lovely sage green with threads of red and blue

the old-world santa is an adaptation of a cross-stitch pattern designed by shepherd's bush, purchased in california while visiting family
(oddly enough, the name stitched on the cross-stitch design is "robert", my brother, doug's uncle's name)

 three of the applique fabrics are scraps from favourites purchased in the yukon when we lived there, many years ago

and plenty of snow at the toe and the cuff, complete with embroidered snowflakes

 doug loved it, i love it, but laura is not even remotely tempted by it - seems she's also quite happy to keep using her very own, beloved, pre-quilted fabric stocking

 i am nothing if not consistent!


Louise Michie said...

A very lovely stocking. The old one will turn up, and in ten years it can be used for the Junior Doug.
Quick! Start another new stocking while the excitement is in the air.

Becca said...

Oh I love that stocking! The Santa appliqué is magnificent! Beautiful work Jillayne! Happy New Year!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What a wonderful stocking! I love it. Your work is exquisite as usual.

Have a wonderful 2014 ~ FlowerLady

Marj Talbot said...

Well, you've really done it this time - that's the nicest stocking I've ever seen. Doug will be so proud of it - the Scottish fabric is beautiful - and the santa - well, I can't come up with enough words - it's truly lovely.
Laura - get your order in. Thanks so very much for sharing this work of love.

Monica said...

This post is just so precious! Words, images, ideas, the Scottish tartan... I can really feel all of the love, all the way from there.
I use my red transferware each day now, and always think of you!
Lots of love,
Monica xoxo

Monica said...

Will you make more of these? For you, hubby etc?

Anonymous said...

Haha. Love all the comments above. Sorry Marj, not placing an order. I LOVE MY STOCKING!!!!!!

karen said...

gorgeous stocking Jillayne :) I hope your Christmas was wonderful.....and I hope you are now playing happily with paint or thread or both!!

FredaB said...

Jillyne you have done a knockout job with this stocking. Love the way you did the cuff. Laura doesn't know what she is missing. Think what hers would be like.


Draffin Bears said...

Hi Jillayne,

Love your beautiful Christmas stocking and the gorgeous fabrics you choose - something your Son will treasure for future years.
Hope you had a lovely Christmas


Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Oh that tweed fabric is divine Jillayne!
I love the fabrics of the applique and the broderie anglaise lace at the top.

A perfect Christmas stocking.