First I wash the fabric to eliminate any sizing. Then press, cut out and sew together stocking.
Before I start painting, I cut out a piece of cardboard or poster board and insert into the stocking, to keep paint from bleeding through. Then I set my pattern on it, and trace around.
I usually find my patterns from coloring books, Christmas cards and royalty free pictures online. I print them out from my computer and then cut them out. It saves a lot of time, not having to draw the design out free handed.
This is the design drawn onto the stocking. I use light leaded pencils, as it will show through the paint if it's too dark.
There you have it. A stocking for Blake and Faith.
Now, I have something I need advice on. I had this idea to make an arrangement with candy canes and peppermint. But it needs something. Any suggestions? It just doens't have that zing I'm looking for. Take a look at this....
?? Maybe a bow? A bigger candle? Something more colorful than the peppermints? What do you think?