My Christmas stitching is the Shepherd's Bush stocking for Beadboy3, which I've been stitching off-and-on for the past year:
Frankly, I'm kind of shocked I actually finished it with three weeks of Advent to go!
I backed it with velvet, as I did the first two, and fortuitously I had in my scrap bin a purple velvet dress one of my cats tore up years ago. For the trim and loop I machine-sewed a purle ombre ribbon around an old and ugly length of cord, then hand-stitched it into place between the stocking and lining. Done!
Waiting to be filled by Santa:
Jo also asked us to write about a favorite gift. I'm not sure I have a particular favorite, but there are a number I remember over the years -- the cruise ship for some dolls that "Santa" left half-built, and which I finished while waiting for the rest of the family to wake up; the lovely set of notions and sewing gadgets my mom gave me one year; the joke wedding gift a colleague gave me, a copy of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure, which ended up being one of the more useful gifts I've ever received.
One particular memory stands out, however, from my early childhood in Puerto Rico. Back then Three Kings' Day was a much bigger deal for children than Christmas, because that's when we got all the toys and fun stuff. One year my father collaborated with my godfather, an executive at a toy company, to give away lots of gifts to all the children from the local village. At the end of the day, there was one lonely Barbie doll left, so I got to keep her. She had a skirt that changed colors, I think as a result of some sort of lighting? I don't remember the details, but I do remember the pretty colors, and how lucky I felt.
Happy Advent, everyone, and I wish you all a fabulous and peaceful Christmas.