Thursday, December 31, 2009

Introducing Joan Thomasson's Surfin Santa

I am a big fan of Joan Thomasson's small angel and Santa designs.  I must own 6-8 of her angels, particularly the slightly naughty ones, and I have 2-3 of her Santas in my stash, too.  If you were visiting Blog last year, you saw me stitch Joan's large stand up Wizard Santa for my niece for Christmas.   To see the range of designs Joan offers as kits and stand-alone small painted canvases, browse the Catalogue category of her website.  Very talented lady!

The kits are great fun to stitch.  They come with a page of instructions, two pages of diagramed stitches, and all the threads you need as well as a photograph of the finished model.  Most kits have the backing felt and instructions to make up the ornament, and some kits also include a charm like the brass lock that Wizard Santa had for his trunk of magic.  So when I wanted something quick and easy and as different as possible from O'jishi, I pulled out my stash of Joan Thomasson angels and Santas and choose a particularly fun one, Surfin Santa!

I'm going to stitch Surfin Santa as an ornament for a brother for next year's Christmas using some of the DMC cotton floss and metallic threads included in the kit supplemented by threads from my stash.  You see, my brother wouldn't be caught dead wearing a red floral shirt so I'm going to have to change that right away to something more neutral and muted--the sort of shirt his wife and daughters might buy for him on a Hawaiian vacation and force him to wear.  LOL

The changed shirt version is underway above, and Santa's already wearing heavy black sunglasses (a style my brother favors).  Tomorrow I'll talk about how I stitched those sunglasses for Joe Cool Santa.  LOL

This is really going to be fun!

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