Every time we open up our boxes of Christmas decorations I travel back in time. A wonderful memory goes with each and every ornament, decoration, and stocking that we unwrap. While it is a whole lot of time and energy devoted to just a few short weeks, it is truly enjoyable to travel down memory lane.
Each of our children have a stocking made by me. Our daughters have ones that I crewel embroidered long before counted cross stitch was introduced. Our younger daughter’s stocking was finished up by my Grandma Cirner for me. Grandma Cirner taught me how to crewel embroider when I was young and it has been a needle-crafting love affair since then.
When Shamus was born, cross stitching was everywhere! Better Homes and Garden had the best Cross stitch magazine available. Now this does date me, lol. In 1988, I cross stitched Shay one of the stockings featured every year in July.
It was my favorite of at that time and fitting. It has endured all this time beautifully.
Steven never really had a stocking, so when the Wood working pattern was published I cross stitched him his own stocking.
I just love this “Room”series of heirloom stockings. I have saved all my magazines and pull them out for inspiration regularly. Since I finished Steven’s, I have made one for our grandchildren and our son-in-law Kevin. Kevin and the kids were not from this series, you saw Donovan’s Train themed last year, Keegan’s is a snowman theme, and Kevin’s was a Wizard theme.
Well, our new daughter in law, Kacie would like one that matches Shay’s. So, I pulled out the magazines and she picked her room…..
I have just got this one underway. Next year, it will hang beside Shay’s waiting for Santa to fill. Cyn