After a trip to visit with the ladies at The Pin Cushion yesterday morning, my Christmas stockings are now finished. A huge thank you to Cindy for the great advice about needles and to Brenda for the gorgeous piece of lace (from her private stash) I added to Olivia's stocking.
Changing out to a top stitch needle while embroidering seemed to be the magic solution. No more shredded thread. My critical eye sees that I could have aligned the names a bit better - but overall I'm very pleased with the results. And I doubt that the kids will care.
Hiding under the back of the cuff on each is a little ribbon with "Made By Grandma Fridley" on it. The stockings are all lined with a nice smooth muslin.