I have been studying this stocking for 5 years. I can not say working on it because I really have to study painted canvas to decide on thread and stitch. I work on it and put it away as it seems to just wear me out. This past fall I told myself it is time to "just do" it and i did. I am well pleased. I have not given it to him and his parents yet I guess I want to see it hanging here for a while. It is 10 months till time to use it any way. Sam likes this dark but bright blue color I hope he will always like it. ha!