Oct 21, 2013

Bored yet?

Hiya.  I'm starting to rush through these just to finish because I'm tiring of them, but there are three more designs I like and want to complete.  All of them have Santa facing to the left which was also the case with this one, so I scanned and flipped him to face right.  The symbols are then backwards but since I'm not following the colors it really didn't matter.
 
I need to go back and fix the wimpy tree and change his buttons to black.    His coat is 3051 and the greenery 469.  The next ones will be different reds.
 
I had a few requests for instructions on making the little brooms from corn husks.  Since I didn't have any more I checked at the craft store and the closest to husks were palm leaves.  This swag was less than two bucks and I just cut the ties off.  Soaking them for a while may help if yours are too brittle, the same goes for husks. 
  
Whatever you're using, lay it a few inches up on a straight branch facing the wrong way as shown above.  Use a strong wire to attach them tightly to the branch.  If the material is really thick, attach one layer and then wire another layer over it.  The trick to getting it tight is using pliers, pull and twist, pull and twist, until it is so tight there is no slack left.  The wire will break is it's not sturdy enough.  A little at a time, fold the material down to make the sweep, wetting to soften if necessary. 
 Do the same method of wiring again,  and continue wrapping the wire over in opposite directions, and twist again, hide the ends.  Drill a hole in the top for a hanger.  This material doesn't accept dye and is almost waterproof, so I watered down some craft paint and brushed it on to make it look older and dirty.
I made this one for a friend and I may do another for myself to hang on my exterior door, maybe a little shorter.  This one is 32" total.  
 
 
 
 
I had to take my brother to the doc this morning and need to take my sister this afternoon.  Minor procedures but not allowed to drive.  We have to pass an apple orchard that has fresh cider and home made donuts so that takes care of dinner.
 
Enjoy your day.
Thanks for visiting!  
 
 
 

23 comments:

Carol said...

I love him in green! The reason I had never stitched any from this book is I didn't like the shade of red, but the green is perfect... thanks for the inspiration :)

Mugwump Woolies said...

Do you stitch in your sleep? Love the colors you are using...what a great collection!
Have a great week,
Robyn

butterfly said...

Love your santas , yes I like the green also and your broom.

Rita said...

What a cute Santa!

I still have the BOAF Santas that I want to stitch.

Cricket-bug Corner said...

You are quick. Love the broom.

Vickie said...

Man! You are really cranking the Santas out!
I want donuts for dinner.

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

Your Santa's are adorable! The stitching is perfectamundo!
And those brooms are cute as a button :)
Donuts and apple cider, I wish, I was there to enjoy them too!

Melissa said...

Nope, not tired of seeing the Santas yet! I am in a stitching slump so it's both nice and a torture to see your lovely Santas! ;-)

Simply Victoria said...

What a perfect shade of green for Santa's coat! Looks great.

Margaret said...

Really love this Santa! Wonderful! You're lucky to be so close to your brother and sister.

Lanie said...

I'm loving them, Marly! I must get my PS collection out to see what Santa charts I have that I have not yet stitched ... I know I don't have the collection you do! I just think the PS Santas are "primitively adorable"!

Barb said...

The Santas are great and I'd love to eat dinner with you, cider and donuts-YUM!

Penny said...

Okay.... so I've been working on the same cross-stitch project for 2 months and am not even close to being finished. (it is a whopping 5x7) How do you stitch so quickly?!! I realize that I am a very poky stitcher.... put in a few stitches here and a few there, but really..... You are amazing! Your green Santa is wonderful!
And I love the broom! Like the idea of putting it on the door.... I may have to steal the idea... :)
Cider and donuts for dinner? Can't think of anything better on a cool autumn evening!!! Yum!

Maggee said...

Nope, not tired yet! The green is a nice difference... Hope you enjoyed your 'dinner'! Hugs!

Mary said...

Your Santas are adorable and I love the green. What a collection you have stitched for yourself!

Cider and donuts this time of year is such a treat!

The broom looks great on the door...thanks for sharing.

Sandra said...

Absolutely love your brooms. Must make one. Loving all the Santas and their new colors.
Homespun Elegance
www.plainfancymerchant.blogspot.com

kathiquilts said...

am loving your more subdued colors and simplified " accesories" on the Santas. am also loving your idea of a dinner menu!

Pam in IL said...

Nope, I'm not tired of your santas! You're sure able to stitch them up quickly and they all look great.

Thanks for the broom instructions too.

Debbie Kos said...

I love your santas and all the colors that you are using...how do you find time to do one a day...I think I am becoming slower with my stitching as I get older lol..your blogs make my day...thanks :) Debbie

cucki said...

Sweet,.
Love the broom
Hugs x

Shirlee said...

I never tire of seeing your Santas my friend : ) I am again amazed by your color changes ... what a great skill/talent! If only it was something that could be taught, I'd be the first one to sign up for your class : ) The brooms are great!

Karen said...

Hello from NC! I am plugging away on Book 20. I tried a change in one jacket half way through but ended pulling it out. I may do all of them per this book's colors as they are not too bright. Or I may put walnut crystal dye to them with q-tips. Your Santas are turning out so nice. I am going to try some of you colors on the other 2 books I have as I like your designs better! The simpler they are, the prettier. You sound like me. If I have donuts or cake then that is supper! (Unless the night time kitchen elfs call me during the inevitable bathroom trip in the dark o"thirties!

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

Keep them coming and I do believe that this green one is my very favorite. Love the color changes you are making too. You are definitely thinking "outside the box"...with lots of inspiration.

Fondly with Peace to all,
Barb

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