Of all the holiday trimmings, I am particularly fond of stockings. Stocking stuffers—tiny treats both indulgent and practical—are invariably more exciting to me come Christmas morning than any bigger present under the tree. And hung by the chimney (or, in our case, from an old disused mantel), stockings themselves add a sense of anticipation and festivity in the weeks before.
That’s particularly true of the sophisticated collection we’re noting this year, some maximalist and patterned, many made from scrap fabric or re-used blankets, all in saturated, vibrant hues—a compelling case for moving beyond the standard red and green.
Take a look:
Above: Two offerings from St. Frank, both made from vintage blankets with linen linings: the Suzani II Holiday Stocking ($350), inspired by a vintage textile created in Uzbekistan using the traditional suzani embroidery technique, entwined with pomegranates and trailing vines, and the Gold Otomí Holiday Stocking ($195), inspired by the embroidery of the Otomí artisans of central Mexico. “Textile designers draw the animals and plants from memories, dreams, and mythical imagination,” according to St. Frank; read more about the tradition here. Stockings are available in a slew of vibrant hues and non-kitschy patterns; see the full selection at St. Frank.
Above: We’ve long been admirers of the work of Danish fashion and textile designer Line Sander Johansen; we featured her work, most recently, in Trend Alert: Stitched Patchwork Cloths as Window Coverings, though she’s become widely celebrated for her quilted designs. This year, in the “Cherished Object” section of her online shop, she’s offering quilted stockings “carefully reimagined out of antique and vintage textiles, patched one by one with the littlest remnants and scraps from this year’s production in our little workshop,” according to the LSJ Studio site. “Each stocking is composed and mended individually with patches where needed.” Shown are the Antique Sugar Tops 32 Stocking at left (1,750 kr, or about $192.48) and the Antique Turkey Red Sawtooth 30 Stocking at right (now sold out).