The simple beauty of a Christmas stocking fashioned from the remnants of an old patchwork quilt was the stimulus for “Handmade,” Dempsey’s fall 1992 release.
The monetary worth of a hand-embroidered stocking filled with homemade stuffed animals is negligible, especially in this age of high priced plastic toys. The actual val ue of the handmade gift is in the investment of skill and love by the person who spent untold hours creating the gift.
The original painting for “Handmade” was used for the American Children’s Home 1991 Christmas card. For several years Dempsey has created the Home’s Christmas card design but “Handmade” touched off an avalanche of requests for a full sized print of the painting.