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Friday, 16 December 2011
No, really.
They are for the dogs!

Last year, I made a stocking for Archie.
And since Murray joined our family this year, he needed one too.
A fact Rowan has not let me forget.

So yesterday I finally carved out some time to do Murray's stocking.
This is Murray~ all 4.5 pounds of buggy eyed, squirrelish Papillon.
I dug into my stash of wool felt to find the colours I needed, and began to snip and turn it to create the basic shapes and layers needed.
 And then began to sew them down, from the back/bottom up, using embroidery floss and blanket stitching.
Murray's eyes were a particular challenge, being dark, upon dark fur, but using black felt and dark brown floss seemed to do the trick, with a French Knot for a pupil adding the needed dimension.
Once the front was completed, with his name and some holly, I machine stitched the front and back together and added some rick-rack for hanging.
And now Murray's stocking can join Archie's on the mantle as we all wait Santa Claus to fill them!


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