Nov 11, 2015

After many changes....

a little finish.  I took your advice and used the 729.  Something still wasn't right.  I ended up leaving out a few things, adding snowflakes, giving him cheeks, moving the mouth, changing the colors, and here he is. 
A little skinny pouch to hold a greenery sprig on a cupboard knob.  Only 2 3/4" wide, he's perfect for a little accent.  As with many Santas, I make changes when the stitching is completed, after already making changes, which sometimes is the reason for the final changes.  Get it?  On this one, the face had a backstitched nose, no cheek color, and darker beard (3033 but I used 822).  I didn't see enough contrast so decided to make him more like the PS Santas.  Instead of removing beard and brow and face, I just went over the existing stitches with another color, since there is only a slight variance. 
Beards and light colors never seem to have good linen coverage so this warped method of mine also helps with that.  For the beard, I went over the 822 with white, two strands, only a half cross.  I could have done one strand and full cross but this method creates a little more texture to the beard.  At least that's what I tell myself.  You can see the small section on the bottom right that hasn't been "over stitched" yet.
For the cheeks, I used one strand of 407 over the 3774, full cross.  After removing the two red stitches for his mouth, I filled those in with white and added two red stitches above that, over the existing thread.  I know this is making some of you shake your head but no one - and I mean no one - pays attention to my needlework but me.  Once completed, I can't tell if I over stitched or not, wouldn't remember if I did, and don't really care.  As long as I like the look, it doesn't matter to me how I achieved it.  Does that make me an unorthodox stitcher?  We already know I am, but I'm also reckless and impatient and willing to use flames.  It's best I do what is the least frustrating for the end result.  I don't believe there are any set "rules" for needlework, just basics, techniques, methods, and good judgment.  What I did doesn't fit into any of those categories but I got a sweet Santa sack anyway!
 
So now what?  Another Santa?  A small sampler?  Back to Sally?  Call it quits for a while?  Haven't decided.  Lori's sneak peek of new designs certainly piqued my interest so maybe the spark is still there and instead of setting the flame to my linen, I can ignite my mojo.  A word I never liked.  Mojo. 
 
Thanks for visiting.
Have a great finish to this week.
 
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19 comments:

Cricket-bug Corner said...

your projects always look great - I wish I had your talent for changing things!!

Robin in Virginia said...

Your finished Santa looks super! I like him with the 729 and spruced up face.

Melody said...

I like the santa. He turned out great!

Barb said...

I think he is absolutely delightful!! I so totally agree with your attitude about stitching. When I do it, it is for me. No one else really cares. Go girl!

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

He is wonderful ... job well done...again.

Maureen said...

I think you have a good eye. This turned out great.....and you're right, as long as you're happy with your end result who cares how you got there.

StitchinByTheLake said...

Love this! Doesn't matter how you achieved it - I must love unorthadox. :) blessings, marlene

CathieJ said...

I like how you altered Santa. He looks great. I think that instead of unorthodox you should considered yourself creative. I was always worried about whether I was crafting correctly, then I realize all crafting is an art and I can decide what I like. No one is going to grade me and even if they are, does it really matter? I love your work.

Brigitte said...

He looks so good with all the changes you made.

Vickie said...

I sometimes do things a little "differently" also. ;) Looks great!

debbie haggard said...

He's Perfect! your 'personalized' touches made sense, and best of all, YOU like him and thats what counts!

Penny said...

He is adorable! And whatever your methods may be, they always work. When you spend the time stitching or making something it should suit you ~ don't worry what others may think.

Jackie said...

I enjoy reading your blog. Your Santa looks great!

Jennifer Evans said...

I like your version of Santa. I have had a few folks in the past tell me that I am stitching the wrong way. I laugh and laugh then tell them that I do things my way and they are not the boss of me!

Jennifer Evans said...

I like your version of Santa. I have had a few folks in the past tell me that I am stitching the wrong way. I laugh and laugh then tell them that I do things my way and they are not the boss of me!

Carol said...

Love this one, Marly--and I can't tell you how often I resort to changing things to PS Santa colors! They are the gold standard as far as I'm concerned!

StitchinByTheLake said...

Do you remember what number the red is? I got out a PS pattern tonight and the red it called for just didn't look right to me.... blessings, marlene

Theresa Laboda said...

Love this Santa. You did a great job as always.

Maggee said...

Santa looks fine. Sorry you have to go thru so much to get the desired effect. I do the same thing... but I often end up tossing it! No fires tho! (must be the age of discontent)Ha!

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