Wren Stocking

Having recently discovered the free Christmas stocking designs on Michelle Palmer‘s website, I’ve just finished a second one. The first was the barn owl…

They’re only about 8-9″ tall so they don’t take too long to do.

The second one I chose is a design of a wren with some holly. It’s a design from 2019, still available on Michelle’s blog. As with the barn owl I painted the plain felt in my stash with silk paints, it’s given a nice subtle shading to the head and the wing. I added some embroidery to the bird too with fly, feather, chain and blanket stitch together with a few French knots.

The holly branch on the pattern was narrow strips of felt, but I decided to embroider them with a variegated thread in chain stitch. I added the twirly whirly green bits to fill a bit more space,

After blanket stitching the front and back together it was finished, I love these little designs and they’re lovely to stitch too. I think I might stitch a couple more next year.

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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7 Responses to Wren Stocking

  1. Ellen Turner says:

    These are lovely…where do you buy your felt for the stocking?

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    • craftycreeky says:

      Thanks Ellen, the felt for the stockings was from Boyes in Ilkley. Boyes is surprisingly good for sewing stuff, I’m not sure whether Boyes is found elsewhere in the country but there’s quite a few in Yorkshire. It’s a bit like Woolies used to be! It’s only 30% wool but it feels nice and it comes in lovelymuted colours.

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  2. Laura says:

    Love these, Margaret! 🙂

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  3. kathyreeves says:

    This turned out great!

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  4. dorsic says:

    Absolutely love the wren stocking!

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  5. claire93 says:

    gosh you made that second one very quickly, and very pretty it is!

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