I like this book a bit better than Donna Kooler's first collection, but am still disappointed overall. These stockings take a long time to make and will last a lifetime, so I really want to love the designs. These are okay, but not amazing. I already own 2 of the 14 designs (copied straight from "The Stockings Were Hung" - an excellent book of stocking patterns). There are too many animal, teddy bear, and cartoonish motifs in this book. What is up with all the cats and critters? They keep popping up in unexpected places. Here are some of the better designs:
Nostalgic Christmas - beautiful!! I will definitely make this one.
Celestial angel - lovely, but copied straight from "The Stockings Were Hung"
I love Santas - very nice, although I wish it didn't actually have the words, "I heart Santas" stitched into the design. If I make this one, I'll redesign that to say something else.
A few thoughts about some of the other patterns. The best of Christmas is okay, but the dog is front and center with the children being barely identifiable blobs in the background. Winter scene is nice, but feels a bit bleak and cold for a Christmas stocking. Gingerbread mice is sweet, but I wish it was just the gingerbread house/materials without the mice. Cozy Christmas is fun, but a little too busy and has those cats again!!
I wish I had saved my money and bought individual patterns that I knew would be just right.