I wanted Samantha’s stocking to be cohesive with Brad and my stockings (his is also a homemade stocking). So I traced my stocking to give a similar shape for Samantha’s. I also wanted to have hints of similar blue and give Clara blonde hair since Samantha and I both have blonde hair and also the angels on my stocking have blonde hair. I also made the star on the top of the tree a similar shape as the star of Bethlehem that’s on my stocking.
So what we have here is Clara sneaking out to see her Nutcracker while the Rat King spies on her from behind the tree. Let’s just say I’m getting some serious blisters from all the felt cutting and I’m not even close to being done. I still need to finish all the bows on the presents, decorate the tree, embroider everyone’s faces, put a candle in a candle holder behind Clara, and add snow in the window. Then actually put the stocking together. Phew. I think I’m kind of a crazy women too because I’m using no pattern and the only thing I researched online were the details on a nutcracker. Things take longer for me when I follow a pattern so I decided to do it free hand. I think to make my life easier I’m going to fabric glue everything down first and then go back and do embroidery here and there. I’m praying I get it done before Christmas.