Bead embroidered Christmas stockings - The second door
In 2014, I wrote about the tradition of Christmas stockings (I also linked to an article in the Smithsonian Magazine with pictures of a variety of vintage ones).
The stockings I want to write about today, however, are not vintage.
I made them for the Jewelry Artisans Community challenge. The challenge was to make Christmas jewelry inspired by the famous American "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" poem.
I had several ideas, but settled for the "stockings hung by the chimney with care" in the end. With everything else going on in my life, I didn't manage to get my initial plan to bead embroider a little chimney with stockings realized, instead I made individual ones which can be both pendants and little tree ornaments.
Aren't the silver lined beads with the matching sequins so festive and sparkly looking with the icy matte tops? I simply couldn't stop until I had used all of the silver lined colors in my stash (except my other two green tones because they were too similar) and almost used up the matte beads.
Only when working on the last, smallest one, it came to me that earrings would have been cute, too. As you can see, all stockings have different shapes because I drew the outline quite randomly on the backing. The patience for symmetrical earrings I just couldn't muster. What do you think, though, should I put them on my list for next year?
Someone should please tell me to start earlier next year, anyway, so I can also try some patterned ones!
P.S. A few days after scheduling this post I found yet another color. The only difference is that the golden one doesn't have a matte clear top, but a pearly white one as I didn't have enough of the matte beads left. There's always one that has to be different! ;-)