My daughter, grand daughter and I had great fun placing and re-placing the bits and pieces intended to embellish the Victorian Christmas stocking I made a month or so ago.  I am still adamant that this stocking will be a ‘sampler’ of embroidery and not just a collection of braids, etc. 


Do you find it difficult to get started on a project?  After researching my pattern, materials and whatever I want to include in a piece of work, taking that first stitch becomes a ‘hurdle’.

Here is a tip which may help you.  ‘Be kind to yourself’.  Start on a not too challenging section of the work and in no time at all, you will be ‘hooked’.  For this reason I have chosen an edging stitch which always works, looks good and fits in almost anywhere. 


When I have worked a section on my stocking, I shall photograph it for the purpose of encouraging you to get started too.  I don’t think I need to draw out the design – looking at the photograph will be sufficient information.  Of course you must remember that this is only a suggestion and your embroidery will reflect your individuality.  I find it exciting that no two pieces of embroidery are ever identical.