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