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I have kept my wool snippings and unpickings since the dawn of time!
Rammed into my marmalade pot, they come out in little bales so I can tell which tapestries I have been stitching over many years.
These snippings are perfect for stuffing small or oddly shaped tapestry items, where ordering a cushion pad would be discombobulating to say the least for the suppliers.
So I was ready when a customer had a number of Special Requests for her Reindeer Stocking…. which normally  looks like this:
Reindeer Stocking
As well as the red version she wanted a blue one, and could I please make it face the other way?

I can print single canvases myself so this was done, my customer stitched both her tapestries and back they came for making up.
This was where we really went into the unknown.

They were to be made up in 3D!!! Like a box cushion.
So we also had to make stocking shaped box cushion pads to bulk out the stocking nearly to the top so she could add some little toys. (This was not to disappoint small children, the stockings will be hung up as Christmas Decorations.)
My stoic Cushion Lady said she loved a challenge.
She made a fabulous job of the stockings and for the pads she said she had made an overlapping slot at the bottom so I could stuff them and wouldn’t have any stitching up to do afterwards…
This is it!!!

I could just about get my finger in there and it took less time to open up a fist sized length of seam than it did to poke a cubic inch of wool snippings into that little aperture!

The pads were soon done, and here are the finished stockings.  I think they do great justice to my customer and her clever, original ideas.
3D Reindeer Stockings

All they need now is toys.