Wales Santa

Wales Santa completed!

Well, it is mostly completed, I am still trying to decide if I want to paint the dowel hanger or not.

To this point- I cut two pieces of dark green wool felt about 1” larger then the cross stitch picture. I centered the Santa and attached it to the green felt using white embroidery floss with a running stitch. I the cut three pieces of red ribbon to make the hanging loops. I used red embroidery floss and did a blanket stitch attaching the green felt backing and the loops ( I centered the loops and sewed them in between the two green felt pieces. And it is finished for now. I will probably work on another one in a couple months either the Scotland or Ireland one.

Wales Santa continues

So I am continuing to work on the Wales Santa by Mill Hill.

I like to begin at the top and work my way down. I will wait to add the beads and the beard until all the other stitches are complete. I am using a small wood hoop for doing this. Because of the size and because this is Aida, I am not fixing the edges. If I were using linen I would probably run a zigzag stitch around the edges to keep the fabric from fraying.

I am trying out a ball tip needle on this rather then the needle in the kit. I do like the needles they give with the kit, I just heard about these needles and wanted to give them a try. It seems to be working well. It helps with placing the needle right in the hole.

Santas

First after opening the kit, I usually skim the instructions through. I am just one of those people that likes to skim through first. Then I take out the thread and sort it through. I like to use the cross stitch project cards for this. Sometimes it is hard to tell which color is which some colors are really similar. Looking at the picture of the created cross stitch helps. I also identify the beads. The beads come in two packages which is helpful. On the list one bag is identified with an asterisk. I take one of each color bead and put it on a thread in the same order they are listed on the instructions.

This is the picture of the first one I have done banner style. It is the Beartooth Santa, one of the Rocky Mountain Santas. I am doing the Wales Santa, one of the Celtic Santas, next.


This is my new project for May 2021. I plan to hopefully finish a number of these for Christmas. These Mill Hill kits are great. They come complete with everything you need to get started – pattern, floss, beads, needles and perforated paper. I am not a big fan of the perforated paper so I will be doing these on 18 count white cross stitch fabric (because I have some extra from another project ). I plan on then sewing it onto some felt backing and making it into a banner. I have done one like this already and will post a picture in the next post.

Santas


This is my new project for the May 2021. I plan to hopefully finish a number of these for Christmas. These Mill Hill kits are great. They come complete with everything you need to get started – pattern, floss, beads, needles and perforated paper. I am not a big fan of the perforated paper so I will be doing these on 14 count white cross stitch fabric. I plan on then sewing it onto some felt backing and making it into a banner. I have done one like this already and will post a picture in the next post.

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