How am I old enough that my childhood items are now considered heirlooms? Say it’s not so! These heirlooms have become my treasures, and today I wanted to share a sampling of the posse’s heirloom and handmade Christmas stockings.
It all began when aMl asked me to sew together the front and back of a stocking she was making for her oldest son.
Her grandmother had made her 10 grandchildren stockings like these, including
“MaMa” chose elements for the stockings that were symbolic of each child’s personality or interests. The detail, skill and creativity applied to each figure is impressive. 100% wool felt is used throughout (none of that icky craft felt here).
aMl went on to create a stocking for her youngest son.
When she crafted her sons’ stockings, she used vintage beads, sequins and wool felt that her grandmother had passed to her so she could continue the tradition.
As I became fascinated with her stockings and her devotion to designing and stitching her handiwork, I realized my brother and I had similar stockings, and to this day I cherish mine. Particularly I love my Santa, and the way our names are chain-stitched into the felt.
Now I have become curious if these types of stockings were trendy in the 1960’s. My unscientific research concludes that women have been fabricating heirloom stockings for a long time, whether felted, knitted or needlepointed. Feast your eyes on my discoveries.
Do you have any cherished heirloom or soon-to-be heirloom stockings to share? Let us know; we’d love to see your family’s treasures. And for the record, I don’t recommend sewing together a hand-made stocking like aMl‘s for the feint of heart. Imagine my fear of ruining the heirloom after her painstaking work!
December 11, 2013