In order for me to get my last post of 2015 out before the year expires, I must give you a rare double header today.
|Everett December 31st, 2015 at 3.5 months old|
Our first grandson, Everett Marshall Koebel, arrived a week early, on September 18th, 2015 weighing in at a whopping 9lbs. 7oz. Born in Columbia, Maryland makes him an US citizen which is why his stocking caricature wears stars and stripes ... he's our all American boy!
As I've done for every other family member I made him a stocking for his first Christmas.
Once I've got the sketch drawn, I make a second one so that I can cut it up as pattern pieces which are used to cut out the coloured felt bits. I hand stitch these to the face of the stocking.
|Pieces pinned in place ready to sew|
Just when my fingers are weary of pushing the needle around, the hand work is done. Using the sewing machine, I sew the back to the front and add the cuff, thread the ribbon into it and attach the jingle bells.
|The finished stocking|
Below are the stockings I made for Everett's parents. Laura's for her first Christmas in 1978, Adam's after they had partnered up and his sister's when she was born four years ago.
Unfortunately, Everett's stocking (which was in the parcel to Manila with Amira's birthday painting) was the only stocking at the Koebel's Christmas this year. Their shipment from Maryland had arrived in the Philippines but it didn't clear customs in time for Christmas, so Everett shared his stocking with his big sister.
|Amira and Everett|
Sadly, we were without these little folks, and their parents, here in Canada this Christmas. One day I hope that all the stockings will be hung together once again ...