15.12.09

canadiana stockings

Because we have a mantle in our apartment, I decided to make Geoff and I stockings this year. I waited until inspiration struck. I came close to hanging some fair isle socks or mittens, which I still think is a good idea.

I was at Fabricland this weekend when I came across a display of Canadian provincial tartans in cotton on sale. I had seen these fabrics before and thought they were funny, but this weekend, I decided that they were actually amazing! Maybe I was influenced by the trip I had made to the Drake General Store the night before; the General Store is full of flannel and Hudson's Bay point blankets and even Mountie cocktail napkins.

The stocking on the left is the Ontario tartan, and the stocking on the right is the Alberta tartan. The Ontario is mine, because I was born here, and because Geoff was born in Calgary, his stocking is the Alberta.

These are just the "rough drafts." I made these in a hurry in the midst of completing a flurry of necktie orders. I'm going to re-make them because they're not well made at the moment (there is no lining, and the faux fur is poorly stitched in place) -- I want them to be family heirlooms!

(Some fur fluff on the toes -- that stuff goes everywhere!)

28 comments:

  1. "Rough drafts" or finals, those are just rad. The fur is too fun.

    I heart Hudson's Bay point blankets.

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  2. These are truly epic! Love!

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  3. These are great! Especially since the patterns have meaning behind them & they are handmade, what a wonderful idea. You are one clever cookie!

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  4. so cute anabela. love. i too have a largest crush on hudson's bay blankets.

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  5. I think they turned out great! I love the tartans, and the fur looks really sweet on them. I'm so in love with Bay blankets - I have a project that I'm dying to try with old Bay blankets... one day!

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  6. can i pay you for an otario one?

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  7. You need to sell those next year!!

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  8. my mom made our christmas stockings herself! they are such a great heirloom!

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  9. I love them! They're so fun.

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  10. I love them! They're beautiful!

    We usually hang socks, but this year I have resolved to make proper stockings for my sons, at least. (Which I plan to accomplish by viewing blogs and commenting prolifically. Ha ha.)

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  11. These are beautiful! I'd love to hang my family's mantle with six Ontario stockings. Tartan is fantastic.

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  12. Awesome! I'd love to see some Canadian tartan ties too.

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  13. hello!

    i totally agree, you must make these stockings for your shop {or mine?}!

    very nice sasquatch/dr zhivago vibe with the pretty tartan. my hubby is scottish, i'd order some in a flash!

    been reading your lovely blog for a while, very inspiring indeed, fellow torontonian :)

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  14. Perfect idea! Goodlooking stockings with meaning, and they look finished!

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  15. oh anabela! i love these sooo much! i hope santa fills 'em with lots of wonderful treasures for you guys.

    my friend caitlin has a bay blanket coat that she's been wearing this winter and it i totally covet it. my mom used to have one too. so much nostalgia in those stripes.

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  16. Stunning! And I love the way they stand out against the backdrop of your beautiful fireplace.

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  17. ha, that is so adorable!!!

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  18. I can't believe these are a rough draft, they are so fantastic! I didn't even realize there were provincial tartans in Canada. My home province is Alberta too, now I know what the tartan looks like!

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  19. oh they are just lovely anabela! i've been busy making a few family heirlooms myself.

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  20. They look so great! I made some stockings last year but they didn't turn out how I wanted them too.

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  21. They're wonderful! I have yet to make my partner-in-crime and myself any, but I made one for our son and each year I sew another snowflake on it. :)

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  22. oh these are amazing! i am in love with the faux fur cuffs on the stockings :D so whimsical and the tartan is perfect for the season too!

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  23. Oh! I've seen those tartans but I could never imagine what to do with them. Stockings are brilliant! I wonder what Manitoba looks like...
    These are such a lovely edition to your beautiful home. Merry Christmas!

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  24. and when can we buy a canadian plaid tie? :)

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  25. I love them! And I love your tree!!

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  26. Anonymous16.12.09

    Love your pictures. You should post the first one on Decor8's new flickr group for interior styling. Share the pretty.

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