This adorable Christmas stocking is newly handmade from a 1950s vintage barkcloth with a design from "Mary and Little Lamb," which Grandma Moses painted in 1947. Details are:
~ Moses' painting was inspired by the nursery rhyme "Mary Had a Little Lamb," which was popular when she was growing up. Moses often painted scenes from her childhood memories. This particular barkcloth design was one of the first produced in the 1950s. It had a short run and is very hard to find today. The piece that I used for the stocking is reclaimed from a vintage drapery panel. It is probably very slightly faded overall, but the colors and detail are still strong. Most pieces of this fabric that I have found over the years have been in well-used drapes and very faded. This is the best that I've ever found.
~ 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 hanging loop), when it is displayed as shown in the photos.
~ The stocking is finished on both sides, so it can be displayed with the toe pointing in either direction or in a place where it will be seen from both sides. Each side has a different scene from the barkcloth. The "toe right" side has Mary and her lamb on the way to school, and the "toe left" side shows the brick schoolhouse.
~ The foldover cuff is new vintage-style cotton woven (not printed) red and cream stripe ticking with a twill weave.
~ The full lining is quilting cotton with a brick red background and little snowflake designs. The hanging loop is sage green 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 of fabric thick, counting both sides and the lining. A stocking with no interlinings (just the outer and lining fabrics) would be only 4 layers thick.
~ All seams are triple stitched or serged, so the stocking can safely be filled with goodies at Christmastime.
If you are interested in knowing more about Grandma Moses, I highly recommend the book "Designs on the Heart - The Homemade Art f Grandma Moses" by Karal Ann Marling. It has a long passage about the history of the nursery rhyme in the 19th century and the background related to the painting.
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