Tuesday, November 1, 2016

More Than One Santa

As I was snapping photos of my "hot off the press"  Christmas ornaments, I couldn't help but think back to the days when each of my daughters was tiny and excited about Santa's visit. Without fail, every Christmas one of them would ask for us to explain the multiple Santas we would run into at malls, stores or waving to us in traffic....."how come there are so many Santas", "is that Santa or one of his helpers,".....is that the real Santa Claus?" I tended to lean on the theory that Santa was too busy in the North Pole to come himself so he sent some of his best elves (helpers) to fill in for him...they never questioned my answer.....sigh.... I do miss those magical days....

I  have a very large collection of Santa Claus ornaments because I have always loved that "right jolly old elf."  Many years ago I made almost enough Santa ornaments to cover my entire Christmas tree and I still use them. This year I decided to come up with a new and improved pattern so that I could stitch up a few Santas for my Etsy Shop.

I am a bit embarrassed to say that I sat at my dining room table a long time trying to come up with a pattern,  Let's face it, it's a pretty simple shape, but I couldn't get the face pattern right....over an hour later, I finally settled on a pattern and started cutting some pieces out of red fabric. I used off white canvas drop cloth for the face which I attached with fusible web. I put one Santa together first to see if I liked it....and I did! As it turned out, the shape of the face did not even matter because it is completely covered by the beard. So I made some more!

I used tassels on the hood that I removed from a vintage tablecloth....I knew they would eventually come in handy for something!

A sprig of Christmas greenery with glitter adds a festive touch to his velvet-like coat and hat.....they are about 9" tall x 3" wide.

I think they are all starting to get annoyed by all the photo taking...

Here a couple of Santas are purposely looking away from the camera! So I think I will call this photo shoot over and done with!

Once I have all of my red Santas done, I'll be making some Santas out of green velvet with gold and ivory trimmings. I hope to start some this evening. I will share them at a later date.....

Good night friends! Enjoy the rest of your week!