Sunday, December 6, 2009

Opinions PLEASE Mental Block!!!!!!!

You as my trusted friend and fellow prim/colonial lover, who always give me honest advice, are again about to help me. I need your opinions...

I have been working on these stockings for all of us. Each one is in a different language according to our heritage. They all say Merry Christmas ( I think). I'm pretty sure on the English one. LOL. If not and you speak either German, Serbian, or Irish please tell me now if it doesn't. Anyway, this is how they look. Oh and NO the dates are not our real birth years!!!! LOL My kids think I'm old, but I'm not that old.

Close up of Steve's... (He's the Serbian one and this is his real name on the stocking).

Each one is made from osnaburg fabric and when finished will be coffee stained.

Alright, this is where I need your help because I am stumped. I purposely left space between Merry and Christmas on each one thinking I would be stitching a twig Christmas tree in between. Now I don't know if that's what I want. Then I thought about putting something different in between on each stocking tree, deer, holly and berries, snowflakes, stitched of course. Or do I cut patches of red and primitively stitch them on heels and toes of one or two of them? Then I said no leave them blank as is and just stain them. Do I want them all different or the same??? Decorated or plain I can't decide. GRRRRRR... I'm having a mental block!!!!!

Then the other problem is what do I use as the cuff? Do I just fold it over and primitively stitch the seam, or do I use another fabric and make an actual cuff and if so what color? Do I sew rusty bells on the cuff if there is one? See the ideas are there I just can't decide.

Now if I'm totally off and you have another idea please leave a comment below. My skills are limited in the wool felt department as well as other sewing skills, so if that's what you see please make it easy on me. LOL.

Reminder to my swap girls... All swaps should be sent out by the 10th. For those who have already completed your swaps and posted them they are all fabulous!!!! Thanks for participating and I hope you had fun.
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Alana Jo said...

No idea, but they are pretty.

-Alana Jo

lilmamasprimitives said...

Those are so cute. I definatly would add a rusty bell to them. Have you looked up what christmas was like for each heritage? Maybe sew something in the middle that has that heritages christmas meaning from way back when. i wouldnt add a cuff. I would maybe coffee stain some cheesecloth and tie around it to make them more vintage looking. Just an idea :)



carolyn@primitive~devotion said...

I think they look great so far. If it were me, I would stitch around the heel area and also stitch a "cuff." Then I would choose something (maybe a twig tree or pine branch) to stitch between the writing on each and then tea stain them. A row of rusty bells across the top of each one would make a great cuff.
Really you can do them as simple or elaborate as you wish. I prefer simple, especially with the rest of your prim-colonial decor. But that's just my opinion. You have great taste and I think whatever you choose will turn out perfectly.
Have a great week!

Jacque said...

I like your original idea of the twig tree and I might add a branch of berries across the bottom of the stocking. No cuff, do coffee stain, would add a hang tie and some rusty bells. Your instincts are right on in my book.

~Jess said...

The German and Irish look good to me :-)

ohiofarmgirl said...

The stockings will be a nice addition to your home!!
If you want them to be cozy then I would add heel, toe and cuffs...with material with rather large stitches..then i would add the bells and tea can't go wrong!!! Blessings, Dianntha

JenW!~ said...

I like the stockings. I think that red fabric for the heel, toe and cuff is a great idea and stitching something between the words would look great. Everyone has given lots of good ideas. Can't wait to see what you decide.