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Friday, August 18, 2006

Christmas in August

Originally uploaded by Green Kitchen.

Originally uploaded by Green Kitchen

Originally uploaded by Green Kitchen.
I've been saving these stockings to share at a time when everyone is not overwhelmed by the holidays. Hopefully they will inspire a whole mess of embroidery projects. I've had close up details posted at Flickr for some time now. I made seven of these for my family Christmas 2004. Looking back now, I remember that they were the beginning of my new craft era, and part of the catalyst for our wacky idea to put on a craft show.

P.S. Have you all been to Getting Stitched on the Farm? I think I'm in love: the painted wall; the socks for Vogue Knitting; the animals. Sigh...

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Blogger stephanie s said...

these beautiful treasures are indeed what inspired me back to embroidery. they are just the most spectacular socks.... EVER. i go to flickr and admire them every once in a while, because they are just so wonderful.

Fri Aug 18, 01:04:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous laurie said...

oh! i've had christmas on the brain too. these stockings are lovely!

Fri Aug 18, 01:25:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous sally said...

These are amazing!

Fri Aug 18, 01:47:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Alice said...

The weird thing is, just before I looked at your beautiful stockings on Flickr I had been thinking "when do you start for Christmas", and I guess it is now!!!
They are so lovely, I think that to recieve anything in these would be an honour :-)

Fri Aug 18, 02:46:00 PM PDT  
Blogger kirsty said...

Thanks so much for showing us these gorgeous stockings! I love them! I could have favourited the whole set :)
(I almost did!)

Fri Aug 18, 03:17:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Ruth Singer said...

These all made me smile so much! Lovely.

Fri Aug 18, 03:33:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous blair said...

they are just beautiful! They look very fresh here in August, instead of being in the midst of the Christmas rush.

Fri Aug 18, 04:51:00 PM PDT  
Blogger futuregirl said...

So wonderful! Your embroidery is amazing and the buttons are tiny treasures. I'm so glad I checked out the Flikr because the Mod one is my favorite. They are totally inspiring me to hone my stitching skillz.

Thanks for the link to Kristin Nicholas. Colorful Stitchery is a cool book. You are right, that wall is great! I love the Islamic tile vibe.

Fri Aug 18, 06:17:00 PM PDT  
Blogger mimulus said...

ilove the stockings, butI think i love the green woood they are lying on even better! What is that gorgeous surface?

Fri Aug 18, 09:28:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Becky said...

Wow, fantastic work! Thanks for the link to Getting Stitched on the Farm! She's a celebrity...almost. I hope she sees your work too. Maybe in a future book?

Fri Aug 18, 11:09:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous mangetsu said...

Nice to know what these were.
They are simply beautiful.

Sat Aug 19, 01:00:00 AM PDT  
Blogger capello said...

Love the stockings!

Sat Aug 19, 09:36:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous kristin said...

thanks for showing us the WHOLE stockings...every now and then i just flip to your shots of the details you shared with us back in Feb to feel newly inspired... these are just FANTASTIC!! also, thanks for the great new link!!

Sat Aug 19, 04:00:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Veronica TM said...

They are all beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration!

Sat Aug 19, 09:01:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Kim said...

Wow, I haven't even begun to think of Christmas (THANKS for that, btw. Ha!)

Those stockings are absolutely beautiful. They should be hanging on the mantel year-round.

Sun Aug 20, 05:40:00 AM PDT  
Blogger macati said...

Well, it's hot here and surprise, surprise, christmas stockings... they're veeeeeeery beautiful... thank you for sharing... gosh, so beautiful...
greetings, manela

Sun Aug 20, 10:53:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Orange Blossom Goddess (aka Heather) said...

what a great post! i think we are probably on the same wavelength as I just bought a holiday crafting magazine! (yes they are in the stores already!)

Sun Aug 20, 12:09:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Angelina said...

these stockings put the ones I did last year to shame. I really admire your work!

Sun Aug 20, 02:10:00 PM PDT  
Blogger JAM*tacular said...

Oh my goodness. My momma crafts Christmas stockings for each of the kids and significant others. She re-does stockings as interests and hobbies change. Needless to say, out stocking display always draws commetns. Yours are great - thanks for sharing :)


Sun Aug 20, 06:47:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous simmyb said...

These are so breathtaking. I just stared and stared at them. Lucky recipients I say and I bet they're THE nicest stockings that Father Christmas ever saw.

Mon Aug 21, 07:01:00 AM PDT  
Blogger mo said...

oh that middle one is especially wonderful. I am already starting on my holiday gift because I am determined to ahve things done early so I can ENJOY the holidays!

Mon Aug 21, 09:18:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous kim said...


Tue Aug 22, 07:05:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Jane and the ducks said...

They are beautiful, the prettiest stockings I have ever seen and not too "christmassy".

Tue Aug 22, 01:42:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Sarah said...

Those are gorgeous! I've been starting to compile my Christmas crafting master plan - so this was a timely post.

Tue Aug 22, 01:54:00 PM PDT  
Blogger norththreads said...

Oh how lovely, great attention to detail! These really are inpirational!

Tue Aug 22, 08:13:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous gracia said...

I love, love, love these three wonderful stockings... if only I could wear them!
take care, gracia

Wed Aug 23, 06:02:00 AM PDT  
Blogger hannah said...

Love the embroidery on these stockings, they are so pretty! and you may just be in the first wave for christmas- one store in town today had their christmas stuff out on the shelves already eek!!!!

Wed Aug 23, 03:36:00 PM PDT  
Blogger macati said...

I referred you in my blog because of the owl you sent to futuregirl... bye, manela

Thu Aug 24, 01:44:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Jill said...

I don't think I've seen such beautiful stockings.

You have done an outstanding job!
What a lucky recipitant to get such a lovely gift.

Thu Aug 24, 06:17:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous JaneBrocket said...

These are wonderful. I just looked at the album and it's a work of art - totally beautiful.

Thu Aug 24, 06:47:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Alicia P. said...

Oh, good grief those are amazing, girlfriend!

Thu Aug 24, 05:48:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Lori said...

These are the most beautiful stockings I've ever seen!

Fri Aug 25, 10:58:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Alma Stoller said...

Your work is absolutely beautiful.

Fri Aug 25, 08:04:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Jes said...

those are absolutely beautiful...very inspiring indeed!

Sat Aug 26, 03:40:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Liquid Sky Arts said...

Christmas right now, sounds so good... gorgeous stockings! You're so on the ball... I'm jealous!

Sat Aug 26, 10:30:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Gillian Greding said...

These are seriously the prettiest stockings I think I've ever seen! Stunning!

Sat Aug 26, 10:47:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous sara said...

So, when is the next craft show? ;)

Sun Aug 27, 08:57:00 AM PDT  
Blogger littlejennywren said...

I've just found your blog through a link from Gently Tiptoe. The stockings are just beautiful,no wonder you wanted to share them. Thank you.

Sun Aug 27, 04:00:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Jules Knoblock said...

these are absolutely georgeous :D

Mon Aug 28, 04:23:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Ulla said...

LIke everyone else, I think these are wonderful! Very special indeed...

Tue Aug 29, 12:19:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Cassi said...

I favorite'd these a long time ago on Flickr :) These are the most wonderful stockings I think I have ever seen!

Tue Aug 29, 09:58:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Kristin said...

Thanks for sending people my way. Beautiful stockings.

Kristin Nicholas

Sat Sep 02, 12:34:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Green Kitchen said...

I'm so glad you all enjoyed the stockings. They were the beginning of this explosion of crafty I've been up to for almost two years. They're also the reason I have that huge craft stash. I remember feeling like I was using up all my good buttons on this project, so I had to remedy the situation. Many flea markets and garage sales later I have a bit of a hoarding problem. Do they have counseling for craft supply horders? :) I'm sorry if the early holiday thing offended anyone. I just have to get started now on the handmade things or I'll run out of time. I don't want to stay up till three the night before Christmas this year. Good luck everyone, and thanks again. M

Sun Sep 03, 11:32:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Mirre said...

These socks are so very beautiful!!
It almost makes me wish it would be Christmas (almost ;))

Mon Sep 04, 03:51:00 AM PDT  

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