We're very excited to introduce our Festive Collective collaboration with Bauble Stockings! The mini needlepoint ornaments, which have been featured in Vanity Fair and Southern Living, carry even more heirloom vibes with the addition of our exclusive, artist-made prints. Follow along to learn more about the founder, Kate Stewart, and her family tradition that led to the creation of Bauble Stockings!
First off, tell us a little about yourself!
Hi! I'm Kate Stewart. My husband, Peter, children, Brianna (7) and Calder (5) live in Sandy Springs, Georgia.
How did you get the idea for Bauble Stockings?
Growing up, my mom always received the last gift of Christmas as a thank you for all she'd done that year, and it, or a clue to it, was found in her needlepoint stocking that hung on our tree.
My dad called it her "Bauble Stocking" because on a good year it was a bauble, a piece of jewelry. The tradition of brainstorming for this gift with my dad and older brothers was always my favorite part of Christmas- seeing mom's face was an added bonus!
Years later, we've made the Bauble Stockings tradition for every member of the family- as everyone deserves something extra special to close out the holiday.
Where are the stockings made?
Each stocking is 100% hand-stitched and finished. In 2018, we moved our production to a community of single moms in Haiti. This organization, Good Threads Needlepoint, which is a certified BCorp.
The women are paid the equivalent of school teachers and nurses. They originally began stitching needlepoint belts to provide stability in their homes so their children could attend school. Since most jobs available were manual labor, these women were unable to find work so their children kept having to drop out to make money for the family.
Since beginning in 2013, the community has grown to over 1,000 stitchers. The community has built a school for over 120 children, many of whom will be the first person in their family to be able to complete high school.
We hate to pick favorites, but which Bauble x Pepper design are you treating yourself to?
I love the stripes!
What's your go-to hostess gift during the holidays?
I love giving Bauble Stockings! Honey + Hank's Tea Towels are also a perfect gift!
Shop Bauble Stockings x Pepper here!