Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Charmed Angelic Stocking

I received this Mill Hill Charmed Stocking kit for an Angelic Stocking in a Christmas swap.  I didn't make it at Christmas and tucked it away to occupy me at some point during the year.  As part of my August break I decided to tackle all of the little kits that I had put to one side so the time was right for making this up.


The stocking is worked in cross stitch over perforated paper.  I have never worked with perforated paper before, but it was good to use.  You don't need an embroidery hoop and it is very easy to see the holes that you need to work into.  The downside is that after you have finished you still see a little edge of the paper where you have clipped the rest away.  I didn't like that.

The stitching part was pretty straightforward, just like any other cross stitch that I have worked before in fact.

Next came the tricky part.  This stocking is also beaded.  The beads were tiny.  I cannot tell you how tiny.  I mean, they are miniscule.  The needle - provided in the kit - seemed to be no bigger than a hair and of course the eye of the needle was even smaller than that.  After I had tackled the actual threading of the needle and how to get the bead onto the needle I had to work them onto the piece.

Each bead has to be stitched through twice to hold it in place in the right way.  Unless you have done this sort of work you cannot imagine how difficult that is.  I never would have believed it unless I had done it myself.  I am now even more impressed with any bead work that I see on anything.


The finished piece is very pretty - even if I say it myself! - and I will enjoy putting it on the Christmas Tree.  I will not be making any more of these though as I found it so difficult to do the beadwork and see the holes.  That is without the trials of threading the needle.  I think that my eyes are too old for this kind of work.  And that I might need some stronger glasses!

Kudos to anyone who does this sort of work on a regular - or even occasional basis! - I take my hat off to you!!

I love my stocking and will think fondly of the person who gave it to me when I use it.


It was good to complete another project, learn a new skill, try out the perforated paper and to learn that I am not going to be a beader any time soon!  Plus I now have the first Christmas make done!

Have you done any of this kind of work, what do you think of it?  Do you like perforated paper?

Amy

p.s. Please read this post if you haven't already done so.

39 comments:

  1. It looks good Amy, I've been put off the kits containing perforated paper but I might just order a little one now x

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  2. I think I'd have given up with the stocking! It looks lovely. Re your posting as and when. It's what I do. Don't worry over it X

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  3. Brilliant, though I sympathise with the eyes. The beads look really fiddly. At least you are on your way to being organised for Christmas. x

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  4. It's beautiful Amy and well done on having the patience to finish it, I have problems threading an ordinary needle so there's no way my eyes would have coped. It's going to look lovely on your tree. :) xx

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  5. Charmed indeed. One for the Christmas box. Jo x

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  6. Well done on completing that beading... I've tried it and know how tricky it can be. I always struggle with the tension and then find I have a loose beads when it's all finished. Your finished stocking is very pretty.

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  7. That's absolutely beautiful and definitely worth the effort involved. I've never tackled anything like this, I find normal cross stitch hard enough with my eyesight without adding beads to the mix. It will make a lovely addition to the Christmas tree.

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  8. I try to avoid any cross stitch that needs finishing with beads, stitching them on is OK but it's threading the B***** needle that's the problem
    Well done for persevering, it looks brilliant.

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  9. I did a little beadwork many many years ago but definitely know I could not do it now without a lot of stress. Kudos to you for persevering and getting that one done. It is a beauty.

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  10. How sweet, it was definitely worth the eye strain, though I think I would be in the same position as you, my eyes aren't so good at the tiny fiddly things as they once were xx

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  11. I love your bead work stocking Amy ,I did alot of embroidery some with beads many years ago .I could not do this now ,it is far too tiny for my arthritis hands .I admire your needlework and perseverance it is very pretty .

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  12. Beautiful beadwork ...I follow a little lady in Florida who does bead hearts ...
    http://flowerladysmusings.blogspot.com/

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  13. It's so pretty, but oh would my eyes be hurting trying to work with such teeny, tiny things.

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  14. It really is very pretty! Your post reminded me it's time to start some of Christmas projects.
    Have a wonderful day!

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  15. It's so sweet but I'm not sure that my eyes would be up to those beads! xx

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  16. Oh my gosh that is so pretty. I have a 'kit' of beaded Christmas ornaments that were much easier than that, and I only made one!

    Cindy Bee

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  17. Nice job. A lady in the quilt competition makes such ridiculously small stitches in her appliques, and I have no idea how she works in such minute stitches.

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  18. The stocking is so cute, and those beads add such a nice sparkle to it. You did a great job! I like beaded work, but get a bit cross-eyed if I have to use them now.
    Wendy

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  19. That is wow! I've never done beadwork, but can only do cross stitch on about, 14 count Aida these days. I've just caught up on your earlier posts and am glad that things are a little better for you and you are in my thoughts regularly. I may be a little wayward in my blog reading as I've not got internet at times here. Take care and huggles to you Amy.

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  20. Ahh The stocking is so cute ♥

    summerdaisycottage.blogspot.com

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  21. Hi Amy,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment! I love your stocking, and I can see how difficult it must have been to bead!

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  22. I've never heard of that type of paper, you learn something new every day.
    How pretty it looks, but my it does sound fiddly, well done for carrying on with it and creating something so festive.
    Lisa x

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  23. Amy it's beautiful! I'm in awe of that intricate beading!

    I'm so sorry, I've been off blogging for a few weeks and have just caught up with what's been going on. Very much thinking of you and your nearest and dearest and sending all best wishes xx

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  24. Oh Amy it's absolutely beautiful!! Great job Lady - and hats off to your eyes too!! Lol That must have been a doozy to tackle - geesh. I've done basic cross stitch, but never anything that elaborate. But I have to say it is gorgeous and well worth all of your work.

    I need to get my buns moving on MANY projects over here!! I wish I accomplished more in one sitting like you do dear Friend. ;)

    xoxo

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  25. That's a beautiful little ornament, Amy. I've not worked with perforated paper, but I beaded the bodice of one daughter's wedding dress and the edge of the cathedral length veil for the other. That was plenty!

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  26. Well done, Amy, it is very pretty and I can just imagine the beads picking up the light at Christmastime. Hope that we see it again! That said, it sounds as if I would find such work too challenging for these old eyes. No, I have not done beading nor have I worked with perforated paper.

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  27. Gorgeous!!! :-)

    Blessings,
    Jill

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  28. I can't imagine how hard it was too make. It's beautiful!

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  29. Amy, This is so pretty. Well done you for persevering! I have lots of beads ready to use, but have never got round to starting anything ..... maybe one day!

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  30. Gorgeous little Christmas stocking and well done for sticking with all that beading. I know what I'd have ended up doing!!!

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  31. Oh so sweet and the beading makes it. Our Evie has developed a love of cross stitch and long stitch this summer - she is a little bit addicted xx

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  32. Your stitching is beautiful ! Nothing for me I have no patience at all, lol !

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  33. Your stocking is beautiful and will look lovely on the tree. I have never used perforated paper before but have used those teeny tiny Mill Hill beads. Like you it was a once only! It was a wedding pillow a friend had asked me to make. Thankfully she was pleased with it but never again.

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  34. Wow wow wow!!! Amy, that is wonderful! My Mother used to do intricate beadwork, everyone was always so impressed. I've tried. I do not have the patience. But I sure do appreciate the work. I know you'll love that piece for many years to come.

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  35. I did a perforated paper ornament many many years ago and enjoyed the finished project but doing the project was not easy on my eyes!! Yours is intricate and beautiful :)

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  36. Hi Amy and wow what a beautiful craft project you made for Christmas!!
    I hope all is well with you and have a wonderful weekend.
    Julie xo

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  37. So beautiful I love the pretty beads, no not me I've not even thought of Christmas yet xx

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  38. Good job Amy, it is a beautiful piece of work. Hope you are hanging in there my friend.
    Meredith

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  39. Beautiful!

    I agree - they are very fiddly. My MIL who is in her late seventies does a LOT of these. We were just talking about it today and she says she finds it relaxing. I'm not sure I understand why - those holes look very small!

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