Lying face down in a dark room...
I can totally relate.
I've made almost a dozen cross-stitched Christmas stockings, and every time I go to sew them into a finished stocking, my stress level goes off the charts. Taking scissors to completed cross-stitch just feels wrong.
Since DSis's DH is now 'official', he gets the 'Now-you're-part-of-the-family-and-there's-nothing-you-can-do-about-it-now' Christmas Stocking. Every family member has one made by me. I made DSis a Shepherd's Bush stocking in 1998. The design was Sophie's stocking:
The stocking I made for DSis's DH is Christian's stocking, also by Shepherd's Bush. I did a personal best for completing it in record time. I started stitching it on December 3rd, and completed it on December 20th.
Come, share in my stress....
1. Draw the desired shape of the stocking and cut it out (don't forget the seam allowances!) I'm really, really picky about the shape of the stocking. Just getting the shape right is the most stressful for me. This was even worse, because I also had to make sure it matched the size and shape of the one I already made DSis.
2. Cut out the backing and lining fabric. The plaid is the backing, and the stars are for the lining.
3. Make the piping.
4. Make sure the shape matches DSis's before sewing on the piping.
5. Sew the backing to the front, and sew the lining pieces together. Then sew lining to outside of stocking.
7. Testing them out on the fireplace.
It's at this time that I realize how much my hands are shaking!
I'll be going to lie face down in a dark room now...