Today through Thursday and next week I’ll be sharing with you two free projects, all available on Nuts. Both are for medium size stockings. While not great if you stuff stockings with presents, these smaller stockings are perfect for Grandma’s house or to be decorations at the holidays. This one uses a traditional holiday color scheme of red, green, and gold; but there is no reason why you couldn’t do it in any color you like, basing it on an overdyed thread.
This design provides you with a world of options while showcasing 11 threads and eight variations of the Byzantine and Jacquard Stitches. A variety of textures as well as several types of multi-colored threads are showcased here.
Several choices are open to you when you stitch this project, which features eight different variations of the Byzantine and Jacquard stitches. A variety of threads can be used, and the stocking can be stitched on 18 or 14 mesh canvas. Throughout the text changes to accommodate 14 mesh canvas are shown in parentheses (). Generally these have to do with thread sizes or number of strands.
Today we’ll cover the materials, tracing the design and outlining. Tomorrow we’ll cover the first four stitches, Thursday we’ll finish up.
- 16” x 12” 18 mesh mono needlepoint canvas from Zweigart
- Watercolours from The Caron Collection, 1 skein each, in the following colors:
140 Black Watch
- 1 skein Waterlilies from The Caron Collection, 025 Holiday
- 1 card Rainbow Tweed from Rainbow Gallery, RT66 Leaf Green (2 cards)
- 1 skein Expressions from Threadworx, 217 Lipstick
- 2 spools 1/16” metallic ribbon from Kreinik, 002HL (1/8” ribbon)
- 1 skein each Petite Very Velvet from Rainbow Galleries
V223 Dark Green
V232 Brite Red (Very Velvet)
- 1 card Pebbly Perle from Rainbow Galleries, P58 Red
- 1 card Flair from Rainbow Galleries, F529, Deep Red
- 2 cards Nordic Gold from Rainbow Galleries, ND1 Pale Gold
Begin by enlarging the stocking outline below, to about 12″ high. If you are doing this on your home copier, you may have to enlarge the pattern in two pieces. If so, tape the pieces together where there is overlap.
Using a permanent non-xylene marker (I like Pigma microns) or a hard lead (4H) drawing pencil, trace the pattern onto the canvas. Be sure to include all interior lines. Although the patches are numbered on the pattern, do not transfer this information to the canvas, it is for reference in the text only.
Begin by stitching all the borders between the patches using the metallic ribbon. This defines each patch. If you like after all stitching is completed, you can further embellish these “seams.”