Monday, 26 November 2007

It's DONE!!!

It's finally done!

As you may remember, I was pretty worried about the whole sewing thing for finishing Orlaith's stocking, but I decided on Sunday to bite the bullet and just go for it, and see what happened. I made the precaution of buying twice as much fabric as I needed, just in case, and with that lifeline in place, felt able to begin! After only one false start (I cut the backing fabric the wrong way round the first time!), I carefully designed a pattern, cut out the pieces one by one - the backing, the cuffs, the lining and, most alarming, the linen - pieced them all together, and, after a very deep breath and a calming cup of tea, started up the sewing machine. And it worked! And I'm so pleased! I've attached large photos, just because I'm so proud of myself. I really can't tell you how apprehensive I was about this finishing task - now I'm mainly just feeling relieved LOL!
I also started stitching my Fair & Square Round 4 squares for the wonderful Annemarie, but I know she occasionally drops in, so no sneaky preview photos - I don't want to ruin the surprise.
Oh, and I bought this year's first Christmas ornament on Saturday! H was a bit nonplussed as he was picking out a new shower screen, and all I was interested in was browsing wide-eyed in the Christmas section!
Happy Stitching!

16 comments:

Sweet Pea said...

The stocking is just beautiful! Nice job.

Hazel said...

Oh my what a great job!!! Well done. Love it and love your progress on PL too. xx

Annemarie said...

Well, you have every right to be proud of that stocking, it's fabulous! I just love the furry cuff. Very nice touch :o)

I'm very curious to see my F&S squares though...

Beatrice said...

Wow!!! That is great. I love the furry stuff as well. I bet that was interesting to work with!
PL is going good as well!

Andrea said...

Well not only a stocking but one with a cuff on. What were you worried about!! Great progress on PL too.

Kathy A. said...

Wow, what a great job you have done and a cuff and braiding too. Orlaith will be thrilled with her stocking.

Mindi said...

Wonderful job Stephanie! The stocking is very cute, and Orlaith will treasure it for a lifetime.

xstitch.nl said...

Congrats, Stephanie, what a beautiful finish!!

Nana's Quilts said...

FABULOUS! You did it and it looks terrific. She will be so delighted, I'm sure. Soon you can go into business, right? ;->

Marne

Barbeeque4 said...

What a great stocking!!!!! I am not as ambitious as you and I am having the stockings I needlepointed for the niece and nephew finished by someone who can sew well. I am mighty impressed. :)

edgar

Cheryl said...

Great finishing!! I have no idea where to start once ive finished stitching my stocking

nutmeg5 said...

Congratulations on finishing that stocking. It looks fantastic. It will be treasured for years.

Laflo (http://laflobrode.canalblog.com/) crazy exchange said...

Your stocking is beautiful !
you find a nice fabric for the "lining" (I don't know if it's the good word ... for the stocking 's inside ...)

Sharon said...

Fabulous finish Stephanie! Congratulations.

Jen said...

Wonderful job! You should be very proud.

Leena said...

Oh the stocking is beautiful! Congratulations, you've done great job!