Sunday, January 2, 2011

In Which I Have Probably Gone Insane

So this is what I did with my day today.

Yes, I'm immediately plunging into another crazy sewing project.  This time it's a stocking for our future daughter.  I wasn't happy with any of the design kits I'd found online, and the only kit I already had was a blue-eyed, blond-haired Snow Queen, which I didn't really want to make for my raven-haired, black-eyed daughter. 

So I designed my own. 

I was looking through some sewing books and magazines I've collected from various places and found a lovely cross stitched peacock pattern in one of them.  I based my freehand drawing loosely off of that.  Then I picked up some tracing paper and a chalk pencil to make my own patterns, along with all of the sewing supplies I needed, and got to work!  The finished stocking (if it turns out like I picture it in my head) will be pretty elaborate.  By far the most work will be in the tail; it will involve a ton of layers, embroidery and sequins.  Lots and lots of sequins.  You can remind me that I brought this on myself when I start complaining about it in a few weeks.

In the meantime working on the stocking is still exciting and fun, and it makes me feel like I'm doing something to be closer to Ellen.  Hopefully we'll be sharing Christmas with her for the first time next year, and I think it's really important that she have a handmade stocking to match the rest of the family.  If it works out well I'll stop using the kits entirely and just design my own stockings from now on.  I think it'll probably be a lot more fun if I'm working on something I'm doing completely from scratch!

I'm well aware of the fact that I just spent a solid two months whining about how much I hated the last sewing project I was doing.  Despite that I am now embarking on an even more elaborate and time consuming project.  What can I say?  I have a selective memory, or maybe I'm just insane.  Oh well; right now I'm excited about the project.  Let's hope it stays that way.

I'll take more pictures when it's finished!



krlr said...

Crafty-ness... *sigh*

Impressive and something as foreign to me as a daily gym routine. I best start those resolutions today.

Julia O'C said...

Jessie, that is SO pretty! I knew you were multi-talented but I didn't know you were a designer, too. Can't wait to see the finished stocking!

Kristin said...

you should make a pattern so you can make it again, if you're so inclined. or sell it to Bucilla ;)

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Oooooo, I love the awesome design! Can't wait to see the finished product... with a little hand reaching into it ;D

Lora said...

It is beautiful, you did an excellent job. I'm impressed!

Elspeth said...

Is this the same Ellen that you told us a while ago had been adopted by someone else? I'm confused.

You definitely have the artist's flair.

Best wishes!

Jess said...

Nope-- that wasn't Ellen. That was Sylvie, the first child we were trying to adopt.

Pseudonyms are terribly fun, aren't they?

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