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Embroidered Christmas Stockings

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

It used to be that embroidered items were all done by hand.  It would take days to stitch a name on a Christmas stocking before the commercial embroidery machines were invented.

Embroidery by hand still remains a skillful craft of many ladies.  But since hand embroidery takes a lot of time and effort, Christmas stockings embroidered by hand would be very expensive. With commercial embroidery and applique machines, embroidered Christmas stockings became affordable and abundant.

Embroidered Christmas stockings can be absolutely stunning, especially when you get to touch and feel all kinds of different materials and textures the stockings are made from.  Commercial applique machines can cut and stitch so many patterns and fabrics together so the possibilities are endless.

Today, the embroidered Christmas stockings showcase various designs in many categories.

You will find different color schemes, such as girly pink Christmas stockings embroidered with applique designs on various themes, such as princess or pink Santa or bling bling with lots of gems and glitters.  Or blue Christmas stockings embroidered and appliequed with array of designs, as well as Christmas stockings in many other unusual but popular color schemes, such as silver, black, white or gold Christmas stockings.

You can also find baby’s first Chrismtas stockings embroidered with cute pink and baby blue applique designs celebrating arrivel of that bundle of joy and embroidered with baby’s name or even a birth year.

Occupation or hobby Christmas stockings are also very popular.  Those would show off an embroidered applique, such as fishing Christmas stocking or a military Christmas stocking embroidered with a patch or a complete image.

embroidered applique christmas stockings Most embroidered Christmas stockings are aimed at kids, since kids love to have a themed Christmas stocking with their favorite character, such as Disney Christmas stockings… you will probably find just about one or more Christmas stockings for each popular movie hero and celebrity.  The more luxurious Christmas stockings are embroidered, rather than just printed.  Some of the most popular and everlasting designs are Santa, Snowman and Rudolph Christmas stockings or Christmas stockings embroidered with snowflake appliques.

Pet Christmas stockings embroidered with applique of your favorite cat or a dog, personalized with pet’s name are also available in many designs.

While on the subject of high end luxury, the embroidered applique definitely falls into that category.  You can find adult Christmas stockings made from gorgeous materials and embroidered with names.  The personalization in embroidery gives that luxury stocking that final touch – like a crowning jewel.  Buying a luxury Christmas stocking just begs to have that stocking personalized with names or intials.  Besides it being a practical thing, so each family member would be able to identify their stocking, those embroidered names give each Christmas stocking the ultimate touch of class.

Even if you purchase just a simple red and white Christmas stocking, embroidered names elevate it to the class of “classy”.

No matter what your taste or budget in the Christmas decor, no matter what your preferred color theme for your holiday design, an embroidered Christmas stocking has it’s place.  Those stockings will be a crowning jewel of that decor and focal point in your living room.

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Anthony, why are you picking on Paula Deen?

Friday, August 19th, 2011

We just picked up something of concern on the news today.

Anthony Bourdain recently sat down with TV Guide Magazine, and the No Reservations star didn’t pull any punches when it came to talking about fellow food personalities. A few key quotes:

On Paula Deen: “The worst, most dangerous person to America is clearly Paula Deen. She revels in unholy connections with evil corporations and she’s proud of the fact that her food is f**** bad for you [...] plus, her food su***.”

We felt as we had to chime in on this issue because we have had the tremendous pleasure working with Paula and her staff.

A couple season’s back …

Personalized Stockings for Paula Deen Show

… we have had the honor supplying personalized Christmas stockings for Paula’s Home Cooking Show and the pleasure was all ours, Paula’s team was just beaming with kindness and love.  Paula would never hurt a fly.  That’s why it is so strange that Anthony would choose to pick on such gracious and kind lady and her team.  We love Paula’s Southern Cooking but more than that, we love who Paula is and she does not deserve to be called these names.
What Anthony calls connections with “evil corporations” are actually wholehearted efforts to help families in need.  Paula’s words perhaps characterize it the best:
“I wake up every morning happy for where I am in life. It’s not all about the cooking, but the fact that I can contribute by using my influence to help people all over the country. In the last two years, my partners and I have fed more than 10 million hungry people by bringing meat to food banks.”
In our other division where we create custom ornaments for Christmas fundraisers, we work with lot of Charitable Organizations who help people in need.  Anthony, you would be surprised because those you call “evil corporations” are actually real people, like you and I sharing what little or lot they have with other folks in need.

 

How to care for your Personalized Christmas Stockings – Stocking Storage

Saturday, August 6th, 2011
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At the end of the Christmas season it’s time to put your personalized Christmas Stockings away for the year.  The goal is to store them so when you take them out next Christmas season they would look like new and fresh as if you just bought them.  If your Christmas stockings have any stains or dirt on them, first clean them.  Use our recommended dry cleaning methods.

It is a good idea to protect your personalized Christmas stockings with plastic or paper that does not let any moisture through.  The main reason for protecting your Christmas stockings with waterproof material is that if the Christmas stocking gets moisture in it, it’s colors may run.  For example if the stocking is white and red, the white part of your Christmas stockings may acquire a red shade if it is stored against the red material. So it is better to be safe and place the stocking into a plastic bag or at least place pieces of paper between your stockings when you store them.

You want to store your personalized Christmas stockings as flat as possible so they do not wrinkle.  Placing a sheets of paper between them make a good buffer.  You can also place your Christmas stockings in zig-zag fashion so the stocking cuffs that are usually thicker are on top of  the foot of the stocking under or bellow it because than the whole storage is more balanced.

In general it is a good idea to store your Christmas stockings in a dry place away from any dust, dirt or other elements, such as mice or insects.

You can also place something that has a nice scent with your Christmas stockings and tree skirts and other Christmas decorations so when you take them out 11 months later, they will come out not only looking brand new but also smelling great!

If you take good care of your personalized Christmas stockings, you will get to enjoy them for many years and holiday seasons to come.  Usually personalized Christmas stockings have a heirloom quality so it is important that you take a few steps to protect them and store them with care.

If you have any questions or need help please use one of the links above to visit us at our website or call us toll free in USA 800-761-XMAS

How to get wrinkles out of your Personalized Christmas Stockings

Thursday, August 4th, 2011
Personalized Christmas Stockings

Personalized Christmas Stockings

Your personalized Christmas stockings are most likely made from delicate materials such as velvet, organza, chiffon, satin, or other materials.  Since you cannot always be sure if the materials are synthetic or natural fiber,  the best way to press your Christmas stockings is to treat them as if they were made from the most delicate materials.

There is a special trick to get even the most delicate fabrics pressed.  It is quite simple.  Take a spray bottle and fill it with water.  Lightly spray the Christmas stocking with water so it it damp.  Find a cotton pillowcase.  Place the cotton pillowcase over the Christmas stocking.  Then set your iron for cotton temperature.  You can then iron the stocking.   The cotton pillowcase protects the finer materials that may be sensitive to higher temperatures from burning.  Also the fact that the stockings are dampened with water creates the steam, which in turn lowers the temperature while making the stockings flat.  If you are unsure if this method works safely, you should test it on the least conspicuous are of the stocking – for example the back side of your Christmas stocking may be suitable.

 

Iron press personalized Christmas stockings

Iron press personalized Christmas stockings

Another clever way to get your Christmas stockings pressed is to hang them in the bathroom when you are raking a hot shower.  This steams the stocking fabrics by infusing them with moisture.  Sometimes that process alone straightens out any wrinkles in the stocking and it may be enough for the stocking to look good.   If after the steaming process in the shower your Christmas stocking still needs more to look perfectly pressed and you do not want to use the iron and pillow case method, you may simply weigh the stocking with something heavy.  Place the stocking on a bed or table with a flat surface.  Put a pillowcase or a blanket or a sheet over your stocking.  Then place something heavy on top of the Christmas stocking.  For example you can use a big book or a box evenly loaded with heavy items.  The weight will dry press your stocking without damaging it’s materials.

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How To Safely Clean your Personalized Christmas Stockings

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

 

How to Clean your Christmas Stockings

How to Clean your Christmas Stockings

When you purchase personalized Christmas stockings for the whole family, they usually represent a significant portion of your Christmas decorating budget.  Since most Christmas stockings are personalized by embroidery process, they also have a sentimental value.  Most people want to hold on to their personalized stocking for many years to come.  If one Christmas stocking gets damaged or soiled, it is usually difficult to replace it because the specific store where you have purchased it no longer carriers it.  Christmas stores usually update and change their inventory of Christmas stockings every year so most likely you may not be able to find the exactly same Christmas stocking and have it personalized to replace the one lost or damaged.

 

Here are some useful care tips make your Christmas stockings last for many years:

The safest method to clean your stockings if they get dirty is to have them dry cleaned.  Our personalized Christmas stockings are usually made from delicate materials and fabrics so putting the stockings through a normal wash may damage them or ruin their colors as one fabric color may run into another.

If you do not have a dry cleaner in your area, you may want to try home dry cleaning methods.

There are dry cleaning spays and solutions available at your local supermarket.  One such dry cleaning method we found very effective is using Oxy Clean spray.

Fist test an area on the back side of your Christmas stocking, spray it and dab or rub with a white face cloth and let dry.  If the material of your Christmas stocking survived the test without any damage, then you can use the solution on front area of your Christmas stockings, which actually needs cleaning.

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