This sweet folkart Christmas stocking is newly handmade from a lovely and rare 1950s vintage barkcloth of Grandma Moses' painting "Checkerboard House" also sometimes called "Checkered House." Details are:
~ The stocking is a traditional size, measuring 21 inches vertically from the top of the cuff to the bottom of the toe (not including the satin ribbon hanging loop), when it is hung as shown in the photos.
~ It is finished on both sides with the same fabrics, so it can be hung with the toe pointing in either direction or in a place where it will be seen from both sides. My stockings look pretty hung from the mantle at Christmas time, but are also lovely when hung on coat trees, wooden peg boards, door and cabinet knobs, chair backs and on floor lamps. A stocking filled with assorted special toiletries and small personal care items also makes wonderful welcoming gift for visitors in a guest room.
~ The foldover cuff is hand-dyed red Bates vintage chenille bedspread fabric.
~ The full lining is quilting cotton in a red and white check design. The hanging loop is red satin ribbon.
~ I used multiple layers of two different tailor's interlinings on the body, lining and cuff to give the stocking a finished appearance and add structure and durability. The stocking body is 12 layers thick (both sides, including lining). A stocking without interlining is just 4 layers thick.
~ All seams are double stitched or serged, so the stocking can be filled with goodies at Christmastime.
The Checkerboard House was a local legend in the area in Upper New York State where Grandma Moses grew up. Situated along the Cambridge Turnpike, it was an inn where stagecoach drivers had changed horses as far back as the eighteenth century. During the Revolutionary War, the inn served as General Baum's headquarters and field hospital. Its checkerboard front made the house a distinctive landmark that was remembered long after it burned in 1907. Grandma Moses painted several different versions of the house between the years 1938 and 1955.
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