The Stocking Challenge begins
June 22, 2011
We created a Christmas stocking challenge for ourselves to celebrate our early Christmas Fabric Sale. We asked participants to create a stocking inspired by a foreign country. Only the brave among us took up the challenge. Some were braver than others as you will see in the coming days. Since I came up with the initial challenge, I created mine first.
I chose to be inspired by Germany, and specifically Bavaria. Germany is the birthplace of so many wonderful Christmas traditions, not the least of which is a decorated Christmas tree. Many traditional Christmas cookies have their origins in Germany as well. The Advent calendar also began as a German Christmas tradition. I found my inspiration for the stocking in the traditional costume of Bavaria and Germany, the dirndl and lederhosen.
The stocking is made from loden green colored cotton velveteen. It looked similar to the leather that lederhosen are made from. The flower is faux suede that I cut using the Sizzix die cutter. Bavaria has a tradition of floral motifs in their decorative arts and crafts. I embroidered the accents on the body, toe and heel of the stocking with DMC floss and accented the embroidery with glass beads from my stash. It is lined with a striped cotton print from my stash.
Stay tuned for more holiday inspiration and Fröhliche Weihnachten! (Merry Christmas)
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