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This beautiful one-of-a-kind stocking is made from two antique crazy quilts that were both made in the 1880s. The front of the stocking is from a heavily embroidered quilt and has lots of different embroidery stitches, including a sweet rose in one block. The back is from a different quilt which also has embroidery, primarily along the seams of the patches. Most of the fabrics on both sides are silk, and a few are velvet. Please click on Zoom below the photos to view larger photos and see the detail of the crazy quilts. I used black velveteen for the foldover cuff and black satin ribbon for the hanging loop. The cuff is accented with a butterfly bow made of champagne gold and deep ruby stripe ribbon. The edges of the ribbon are wired, so the bow can be shaped and even scrunched a bit, and it will hold the shape. The full lining is a Christmas cotton fabric in a tiny stained glass design.

I finish my stockings on both sides, so they can be hung with the toe pointing in either direction or in a place where both sides will be seen. This approach results in versatile stockings that will look lovely in a variety of settings. They can be displayed not only on a mantle but also on chair backs, bedposts, floor lamps and other similar places in the home.

I used multiple layers of three different interlinings in the body, cuff, and lining of the stocking to improve appearance and structure. All seams are double stitched or serged. The stocking is a traditional size, measuring 20 inches vertically from the top of the cuff to the bottom of the toe (not including the hanging loop), when it is hung as shown in the photos.

Because the quilts that I used for the stocking were well over a hundred years old, some of the fabrics are naturally somewhat worn and fragile, although I always choose sections that have as little aging as possible. The stocking will last for many more years if it is properly cared for and stored. While the stocking is durably made, I do not recommend that it be used as a stocking that will be filled with goodies at Christmas, only because of the age of the fabrics.

The shipping weight for the stocking is two pounds. Since Etsy cannot calculate shipping to different zip codes, shipping cost is given for the farthest U.S. destination. In many cases, the cost will be less, and I will refund the difference through Paypal immediately following shipment.

Nineteenth Century crazy quilts are in a class by themselves and a remarkable part of our American heritage. To read more about the history and origin of crazy quilts and how Colonial women made them, visit this website:
http://www.caron-net.com/featurefiles/featmay.html

Victorian Embroidered Silk and Velvet Crazy Quilt Christmas Stocking with Velvet Cuff and Ribbon Bow

Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: interlinings, wired ribbon, cotton fabric, satin ribbon, antique crazy quilt fabrics
  • Feedback: 396 reviews
  • Only ships within United States.
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