Yes, another Secret Santa is done. "Naughty or Nice" has now been stitched and finished and I'm moving on to #3 later on today. I'd say my stitching mojo is back and I couldn't be more thrilled. It is really aggravating to think of the wasted time when I could have been stitching....but that's all behind me now so I'll move on. There were a few changes with this Santa...the most noticeable one would have to be the missing packages that should be around Santa's head. I make a last-minute decision to leave them out as this Santa has a huge presence in my mind and the presents were distracting me. I also made a couple of color changes, for the gloves...I didn't have the green metallic that Cathy called for and I looked up a variety of Santa's and there were 4 colors used for the gloves, red, white or black, or flesh-colored. With the beard, you wouldn't notice white gloves, and with his red jacket,, you wouldn't notice red gloves. I needed contrast so black ended up the color. I changed the color of his buckle from WDW Curry simply because in the first Santa Cathy used metallic gold and so I used it. As with the first Santa, I used a triangle of color a little darker than the face shade, to make a nose and the cheeks. Because I couldn't use my usual embellishments to enhance this piece I had to go with different stitches to bring dimension to it. So I Satin Stitched the border of his jacket as well as his hat band. I made a mustache which I then attached to his face and used Turkey Work to create the beard. As I was patting myself on my back after gluing the front to the back I realized I hadn't put a hanger on it nor had I attached the beads...Yikes! With the glue already dry enough I didn't want to take a chance on pulling the backing off. Finally, I came up with a plan and I was able to get the beads on, (thank God I hadn't done the cording yet so that I could hide the red thread) but the red ribbon hanger was just attached to the back which is covered in red scrapbook paper so it's not a glaring mistake, but aggravating. Lesson learned hopefully. Now on to the next one. Happy stitching folks.
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