I retired in this past summer, and after an autumn of travel and getting settled into a new, temporary home, I've been cross-stitching like crazy. The first item I did was a Christmas stocking for my 93 year old mother-in-law. Her previous stocking was a forty+ year old felt stocking and this past Christmas it was full of holes! This year she'll get a new one. I finished it differently than most of the ones I do, but her family puts LOTS of gifts and candy in stockings, so she needed a big one. I stitched the cross stitch fabric to prequilted cotton, using a machine satin stitch, then finished the stocking. The soft pastels are her favorite colors. I hope she'll enjoy it.