Cross Stitch Finish: Be Mine Blackbird Stocking

I finished up a project and thought I would share it with you today. The pattern is from Blackbird Designs. It’s from the Love is in the Air stocking book and the specific stocking is called Be Mine. A kind blog reader sent the pattern to me. THANKS so much. I had a lot of fun experimenting and stitching this.

I debated when this pattern was sent to me. The pattern and template recommend 30 count linen.

Normally I would just stitch the project and stitch it on 40 count ignoring the recommendation for linen. BUT…these have a stocking template that is used for finishing. The stocking template won’t work for 40 count. Plus, the stocking would be so tiny.

I don’t like that though. So I decided to conduct an experiment. I would stitch on 32-count fabric and only use one strand of floss. 

I ended up feeling totally okay with it. I think the stitching still looks nice.

Then I stalled out. I have never made a stocking before. I guess it was time to learn.

I backed the pieces with interfacing to make them stable.

I sewed the pieces together as shown above, then I layered them right sides together. I sewed around leaving an opening in the backing side.

I clipped the corners and turned it right side out.

I sewed the opening shut and then stuffed the lining into the stocking. It was about then that I realized my two lining pieces weren’t the same print. Oh well. It’s all good. No one will see.

Then I gave it all a press.

I wanted a hanger. I had some pink bakers twine but it was very white. I ended up mixing some coffee and tea and dyed it.

Here it is all finished. It isn’t going to permanently hang here. I want to stitch a few more stockings and maybe have some kind of tree to display them. For now, this is good enough.

It’s so cute and little you can’t even see it here. Hmm. I need to work on figuring out some kind of tree and where to put it.

I guess this stocking story will continue another day once I get it all figured out. For now, I overcame the fear of making a stocking. It was actually easy peasy. It’s much easier than making a pillow…and a pillow isn’t hard.

Many thanks to the block reader who sent this chart. I really appreciate your willingness to pass this chart to me. So fun!!

14 thoughts on “Cross Stitch Finish: Be Mine Blackbird Stocking”

  1. A suggestion for any shaped design. Make copies of the finished stitched piece. Use the copies to figure out the finished shape. You can play with margins and corner without stress. I have made a pile of those stockings, both the calendar and Halloween charts. So much fun.

    1. Judith Fairchild

      So very cute and well done. I hadn’t realized it was so small. The way you have it with other small things makes it an even better sight.

  2. It really is a cute design – If I had the room, I think I’d make a few and hang them on a little tree in the corner!
    Love and prayers

  3. The stocking is so cute with it’s size and pretty bird.
    Best wishes for your scan tomorrow. Praying for good results so you can go forward.

    Teresa F.

  4. Such a cute finished project! The stocking turned out great and of course your stitching is very pretty. Maybe we will be seeing more stockings made by you.

  5. Hi Jo,
    Cute, cute, cute. Instead of clipping the curves I use pinking shears. They are available in several sizes; I would be wary of using regular sized pinkers as they may be too cumbersome for such dainty work.
    blessings from Australia

  6. Hi Jo, I think you’ve posted your mailing address before, but I can’t seem to find it. I’ve got a couple of goodies I’d like to send you for your after hospital visit. Could you post your address again please! Thanks, Jani

  7. Cute, I wonder if they would work on the wooden Swedish candle trees. Stockings hung from where the candles would be. And throw in some little mittens in comparable size, Those actually look nice being on display year round so maybe you would not like that idea

  8. The stocking is very cute. But I like the 1986 one. Do you know the pattern for that one? I would love to do one for us with 1961!

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