Friday, November 7, 2014

Enhance a Christmas Stocking With Costume Jewelry

 I used a grey felt, silver and crystal seed beads and a simple
 scene depicting a snowman to create this small stocking that
 now hangs on my youngest child's Christmas tree every year.
      When my mother-in-law passed away many years ago, I was given a few pieces of her costume jewelry. I did not frequently wear rhinestones nor did my little ones at that time, for they were quite young.
      I did, however, have a mind to use these vintage pins in some way so that my children could have some sentimental memory associated with them. So I incorporated this glittery costume jewelry into a couple of beaded Christmas stockings. Then I gifted these to my girls on the Christmas following their grandmother's death.
      Now every year I see these charming little socks hanging on their trees and think of her. She would have liked for her granddaughter's to remember her most at Christmas, for she was quite the Christmas fanatic herself. It was one of the happiest common interests that we shared together before her passing.
      The pins can also be removed for wearing should my daughters care to use them for that purpose some day.
      I will also post photos of my older girl's version as soon as she unpacks her ornaments for the season.
My appliqued snowman is made from white wool and he
sports a wooly scrap scarf as well.
Photographed here is one of the little rhinestone twig pins
that once belonged to my mother-in-law.
I finished the top edge of these stockings with wire and glass
seed beads. The sides of the stockings are finished with
embroidery floss using the blanket stitch.


  1. What a great way to use old costume pins.

  2. Yes, and if you should wish to wear these at a later time, you need only to undo the clasp.


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