This double sided hanging Santa is yet another favorite. It was a painted canvas with stitch guide and I love the beautiful details from the shading on the face to the gifts in his bag. I also have great memories of stitching this piece on the plane to and from a wonderful week in Paris! The same stewardess was working both flights, and we had a lot of fun talking about stitching in general and my progress on this little Santa in particular.
I guess if you have super powers like Santa, you're not limited to traditional animal based transport!
This piece was a painted canvas I picked up at my local needlework store's annual garage sale. I used fibers from my stash for Santa and the duck's beak, eye, and feet. I spent a lot of time coming up with a good stitch for the bulk of the duck (but I was not forward thinking enough to write it down). I'm also really pleased at how the background came out. Most of it is dark blue DMC floss. . .but there are also "clouds" of closely matching blue metallic that really turned out well. . . hard to see in the photo though.
I remember this Santa because I was stitching him during a trip to England with my sister, nieces, mom, and DH in 2000. The pattern was published in Stitcher's World magazine, and I think he's just the epitome of today's dapper, but traditional Santa.
Well, so much for my good intentions to post a Santa every day. . . Somehow yesterday got lost in the shuffle. To make up, here are two delightful Libby Sturdy Santas, her Jingle Bell Santa finished as a stand up plus a little Russian Santa ornament. These are two of my very favorites!
I didn't realize it until I was editing my photos, but I must have had a pile of turquoise floss sitting around a couple of years ago when I stitched these three little Santas from Princess and Me designs. Add some bright pink, and I'm not sure if I was thinking Christmas or Easter. But the pink and blue work great in these designs, and all three were a lot of fun to stitch.
As we all know, stitchers are exceptional enablers. And when I joined EGA and ANG, my stitching pace REALLY picked up. For novelty stitches and fibers, needlepoint really excels. . . and so most of my smaller Santas are canvas work.
The pattern for this little Santa appeared in the predecessor to Cross Stitch and Needlework magazine. . . and is really tiny compared to the 2-foot high "big Santas" at between 3 and 4 inches tall.
Subtitle for today's post. . . I am not a designer...
On a roll after finishing my 2 "big Santas," I tried to design my own. Here's the result. . . not totally horrible, but it does highlight the amazing talent of all our wonderful professional designers.
If I had to choose what type of stitching project was my favorite, I'd probably answer "Christmas stitching. . . especially Santas." And with SO many fun patterns and a seemingly often open invitation to go totally and enjoyably overboard with fibers and stitches, is it any wonder?. .
I had hoped to do a series of posts. . . a Santa a day throughout December, but found I didn't have that many. But I still will be posting photos of a series different versions of that jolly old elf between now and Christmas.
To start off, here is a photo of one of my three "big Santas". . .standing about 2 feet high, stitched mostly in cross stitch on 7 count fabric. I stitched this back in 1997 as I was getting back into stitching regularly after a pretty long absence.