As a final year student in Glasgow I lived in a tenement flat so close to Ibrox stadium you could hear it when Rangers scored and there was a scarf seller at the bottom of our street. Among very fond memories of my flatmate and I getting ‘just one more’ bottle of cheap red wine from the Co Op on the corner is this Eartha Kitt Christmas classic, which was on one of those free (when you’re a student free stuff is mandatory) compilation CDs from a newspaper. We had a tiny Christmas tree and played Santa Baby as loud as we could after those bottles of wine… it wasn’t an area with nosy neighbours and a bit of noise wasn’t much of an issue!
I found myself humming the tune as I hung up this newly finished Christmas stocking. It is wholly Christmas time in my head. Come actual Christmas I will probably be blogging about felt Easter bunnies.
I wish I could lay claim to the design of this project but alas the reindeer motif is the work of the much more talented Claire Youngs, author of Scandinavian Needlecraft, a fabulous book that got me into embroidery in the first place. You can still see the purple pen marks on the white felt but it is an air-erasable pen so these will disappear.
A cold hearth… how sad! And terribly ashy, I do apologise. Sadly I don’t live in a beautiful art studio! Here’s another reindeer stocking awaiting embellishment and putting together in the cold comfort crafts sweatshop (not that I think it is physically possible to break a sweat in this house, I am currently wearing a long sleeved thermal vest, tights, skirt, jumper, quilted gilet, scarf and sheepskin slippers and it isn’t even that cold today):