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.
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Have a great finish to this week.