Stitched by You: Madalyn Rennicke

I am thrilled to share Madalyn Rennicke's Beverly Hills Nutcracker Bauble Stocking today! Madalyn, or @Midwestgrandmillennial on Instagram, completed the stitching for this adorable stocking last Christmas. By sharing it with you today, I am giving you plenty of time to begin your stocking, so you can enjoy your finished work come Christmas.

Enjoy Madalyn's completed work and find her handy stitch guidelines below.

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Fiber Choices: I used varying shades of DMC matte cotton thread. I really wanted to let the design do all the talking and not compete too much with the fibers and stitches. I used a gold lame thread for all of the little hardware details on the nutcracker's hat and outfit in addition to the border of the stocking. I absolutely loved how the gold thread turned out! Such a festive little touch!

Stitches: I loved how whimsical this canvas was with the Beverly Hills nutcracker and the pink and green color scheme, so I wanted to use stitches that reflected that. I went for a more painterly look and did long, almost brush-stroke-like stitches specifically on the leaves of the plants and the striped border. I decided it was best to use a continental stitch in the background and on the rest of the nutcracker to help the other parts really pop. My absolute favorite stitch I used was the loose french knot on the nutcracker's hair. It is 3D and truly pops off the canvas. I figured if he lives in California he should have the surfer hair to match!

Finishing Plans: I am planning to finish this stocking soon so I can use it for this coming Christmas season. I will use a blush pink silk charmeuse lining, a blush pink velvet backing, and a gold lame corded trim with some small pink tassels. More is more when it comes to this stocking!

Loved connecting with Madalyn to learn about her company - Madalyn Joy Designs. A women’s bespoke luxury lingerie and loungewear brand. The brand caters primarily to brides for all their wedding festivity needs and women celebrating life’s special occasions whether it be a birthday, anniversary, or vacation. All the pieces are made to measure to ensure proper fit. Madalyn Joy Designs was born out of the desire to celebrate, cherish, and commemorate some of life’s most special moments.

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