Sunday, July 29, 2007

Weekend Progress

Well it only took me 20 years and a mangled finger to finish my Christmas stocking! I used to subscribe to Cross Stitch & Country Crafts Magazine back in the 80's when they started their annual Christmas stocking editions. I put this one aside as I always wanted to stitch it for myself. I started it about 2.5 years ago and finished the stitching this past January. I finally did the finishing work this weekend on it. YEAH! It's finally done! Unfortunately the sewing machine and my finger had a collision - I'm kicking myself as I have been sewing for over 30 years and though I've nicked my finger a few times, this one was pretty bad. The needle hit my finger as I was sewing a tricky part and I jerked away creating quite a bad tear. Luckily for me, my doctor's office is about 3 blocks away and they have limited Saturday hours for urgent care. They fixed up my finger with some epoxy type of glue and special bandages. Luckily it's not my stitching hand so I can still stitch although typing is a bit awkward. I'll be back to normal in about 5 days. I was a bit reflective as I photographed the finished stocking. The theme of this stocking (Stitcher's Studio) fits me so well as I stitch, sew, quilt, knit a bit etc. I still own my Grandmother's Singer Featherweight, and I learned to sew on my mother's Featherweight. When I first saw this pattern and planned to stitch it I was single and living in Chicago. Now I am married, living in Arizona, and my life is very different than I could ever have imagined back then. So here is the finished product, plus a picture of my stocking and DH's (which I finished 2 years ago), and the mangled finger ha ha.

I also finished up my first Prairie Schooler Santa ornament for my grapevine wreath and am nearing a finish of a small Shepherd's Bush piece.

I watched several episodes of "The Deadliest Catch on the Discovery channel, plus 2 movies - A Tale of Two Cities and GWTW. All in all, I had a great weekend!


  1. Anonymous8:47 PM

    your stitching and finishing are lovely! I also live in AZ. (Can't remember if I commented here before and shared that already)

  2. Awesome stockings! That stinks about your finger, hopefully it heals soon! Cute PS finish as well.

    : )

  3. Ouch! I hope your finger does not hurt too badly~
    Your stocking is absolutely gorgeous! You did a fantastic job finishing it (aside from the finger mishap)!

  4. Your stocking are beautiful! I hope your finger heals quickly!

  5. Bummer on the finger! Hope it heals up quickly.

    Hug congrats, the stockings are gorgeous.

  6. Ouch! Your stocking is wonderful.

  7. Anonymous11:09 AM

    I saw the bunny tie on pillow on the smalls blog. I just love it, love it, love it. I hope I can learn how to make one of those one of these days using the tutorial. Kudos! If you ever want to sell it or trade, let me know, I love bunnies!

  8. Oh, Jeanne - OUCH! But the stockings look terrific! :-)

  9. Oh, so sorry to read you nicked your finger, Jeanne... Hope it is healing okay...

    I love your stockings! They are both gorgeous! I have a lot of those old Cross Stitch and Country Crafts Magazines and always wanted to stitch some of their stockings, but never got around to it...

    Lovely PS Santa finish for your grapevine wreath... I've got to get hopping with with mine... :-)


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