This week we have been doing this free design for a mantle-size stocking. On Tuesday, in Part 1, we created the outline and gathered materials, yesterday, in Part 2, we stitched the green ribbons. Today we will complete the stocking.
Left Gold Ribbon
This ribbon is stitched in Japonica, a Rice Stitch Variation. This crosses the shortest stitches of the stitch pattern. Here they are further accented by being done in a different thread.
Right Gold Ribbon
This ribbon is stitched in Balloon Variation. Note that the short stitches in the center of each balloon are made in a different thread.
The background is stitched in Interlocking Chevrons, a swirling Bargello pattern. While it looks complex, it isn’t very hard to stitch and it’s absoluteky addictive. Fill the centers with Brick Stitch. They can also be filled with Tent Stitch, though that is harder to compensate.
Once the background is stitched you may want to highlight your ribbons, as I didm by outlining them. This is done by couching. In couching a thick thread is laid down and then attached to the canvas with tiny stitches in a thinner matching thread. One edge of the ribbon is completed before moving to the next thread. Only one line of couching is between each of the ribbons for a clean look.
These two mantle stockings are available in a book along with two more crazy quilt mantle socks. It is available as a PDF for $15 through this PayPal button.
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