Patrick’s Stocking

needlepointland stocking finishing

Maria’s Awesome Xmas Stocking

Here’s another wonderful stocking stitched by my friend Maria for a very special and lucky little boy.

I had it finished by a real pro, who managed to turn it around for me in record time!

Thanks to my finisher, this lovely stocking made it to young Patrick in time for his very first Christmas.

It’s a Melissa Shirley design.

Maria favors this artist for Christmas stockings, having stitched about 15 or so over the years for relatives and friends.

The piece is backed with navy velvet and lined in a very elegant green moire.

Lots of glitter in this one. The silver moon is well, silver, against the shimmering navy background sky.

Maria uses lots of silk and silk/wool combination threads and that is what you see throughout the stocking.

Santa’s sack is Petite Very Velvet and the bells are stitched in brassy gold Kreinik metallics.  His coat trim is Fancy Fur by Rainbow Gallery.

Finally, notice the way Maria made use of different threads and textures to create the illusion of depth and dimension.  Absolutely superb!

By the way, I was looking at the American Needlepoint Guild (ANG) magazine Needlepointers last night.

It showed pics of finished needlepoint in the Awards Gallery that’s refereed by a panel of judges at their national seminar.

Maria should really consider submitting some of her finished pieces there.

She’s got my vote!

Erin McGrath and, 2012 – 2016


About Erin

Owner of Needlepoint Land, LLC. Professional in the field for more than 15 years, during which I have managed and/or worked with various high-end needlepoint shops. I enjoy teaching both beginners and advanced stitchers, and have created numerous stitch guides, with speciality thread selections, for in-store customers and private clients. I maintain contact with an extensive network of needlepoint vendors, custom artists, and, most importantly, reliable, high-quality finishers. I look forward to hearing your comments on my blog!

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