Jillian asked me to make this stocking for Granddaughter because when she (Jillian) was a girl, one of our holiday traditions was to go to the Nutcracker Ballet. The Sugar Plum Fairy was my little ballerina’s favorite character- the one she dreamed of portraying. But this became the neverending project. I had visions of sugarplums when Granddaughter was born, and a little girl to whom I preferred to give my time stole my heart. Ergo, her cross-stitch stocking took until today to finish. A long wait for her (unbeknownst to her) and my daughter (who was very patient).
It has a couple of mistakes (I hope they don’t notice), but Granddaughter helped me make it when I had a moment during the day, so what are mistakes but heartwarming memories when compared to delightful moments spent teaching the most precious child? After all, when we weren’t crafting together, I was relegated to stitching alone by candlelight into the wee hours. Ok, that last statement was hyperbole, but very poetic, wouldn’t you agree?
Following are the particulars, for those interested in tackling such an endeavor.
Sugar Plum Fairy Cross Stitch Pattern by Shannon Wasilieff http://www.shannonchristine.com
14 count cloth
DMC colors – 209, 211, 300, 301, 327, 718, 818, 838, 915, 951, 961, 3326, 3609, 3770, 3776, 5200; braid 002
Beads – MHILL 02011, 02025, 02018
1/4 yard felt for lining and back
Note: I substituted some of the colors because I preferred traditional green to purple.
Now we sit and wait for the day after Thanksgiving when we hang the stockings by the chimney with care.
That really is adorable…I am sure no one will notice any mistakes. A heart-warming multi-generational gift.
I hope so! I read an article on Forbes recently that said to old people – get rid of all that sentimental stuff because your descendants don’t want it! Haha – I must have been old my whole life because I loved everything my grandmothers made and owned. XOXO
Sandy Haigh said:
OMG….. that is the cutest stocking ever. She is the luckiest little girl. It’s so reminds me of her… your little sugar plum fairy. I hope all is going well for you and your family. I just got back from spending a month in Minnesota with my cousin. Gearing up for the holiday season. We are all still healthy with no signs of any Covid with the immediate family. Lynn‘s job is moving its headquarters to Colorado Springs January 1st. She was a bit shocked and will try the commute for the winter and see how it goes. She and her coworker will commute together 3 12 hour shifts a week. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. Not too much else is going on. Just living our life.. miss you too very much have a happy Thanksgiving
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Oh wow! That’s a rough commute, especially in winter. I pray that it goes well for her. I’m thankful that everyone is well – we are, too. I love and miss y’all! XOXO