In between I finished this small piece I began a while ago.
Nov 23, 2020
Nov 21, 2020
This is the progress of my piece. After this I will show my piece already finished because I couldn't stop and there was a moment where I had to stop. So now I'm going to do a second Santa to try other techniques and decorations...
I think the pictures are self explanatory. There is a huge surface left that needs to be worked on. You can use overlapped pieces of fabric. You can embroider them, sew buttons, beads, etc on them. Be creative. Everything is right. This is YOUR piece.
Nov 19, 2020
Thank you for all the answers to my call. I am happy to see that you are following this challenge and either do it already or plan to do it after you finish your Christmas gifts!
I would like to explain that the Santa body you are making now is going to be almost completely covered by appliqué and embroidery so don't worry if it still doesn't look quite ok for you!! :-)
I will be showing today the finished body - well, quite finished - so that you prepare for the fun of embellishing it with other fabrics and threads.
You should prepare some matching fabrics and threads in the colours you want to use. I will be doing a woods Santa so that my choice is one of natural dyed and printed fabrics. You can use whatever you like most. Christmas fabrics, some collection of fabrics you haven't used yet that is laying in some cupboard... whatever. Try to use different kinds of fabrics, cheesecloth, tulle, gaze, cotton, sheers, etc. As for the embellishments you surely have loads of them.
Now to the Santa I'm making:
Nov 17, 2020
First close the two pieces of felt with running stitches.
Nov 13, 2020
So happy to see back here all the ones who replied to me! I will see to open a Pinterest folder so that you can see what everybody is doing. Please send me your emails to my email on the Contact link of the blog and you will get an invite which you have to respond to. If you don‘t know how to do it please send me the photos of the development of your Santa an I will post them for you!
Now Step 3:
Take two pieces of cheese cloth of a size suitable for your face. You can see approximately the size on the photos. It is better to do cut the pieces somehow bigger because they shrink a little when they are felted. We will cut them and sew them together. One bottom side and one lateral side should have little wool on them so that you see the cheesecloth edges because this can look lovely. You see this too on the second photo where I put the face on top.
Because the felted body is going to show between the appliqué pieces you may already use a coloured cheesecloth and wool for this step! It‘s your choice. My choice is a nature in winter type.
My two cheesecloth pieces are already felted. I put some wool roving on each side of the cheesecoth, not too much, just a thin layer, because we are going to do embroidery and appliqué on the surface of the whole Santa. Then I felted the two surfaces. You can do this with the embellisher too if you have one. We are going to fill the Santa with fleece or wool after sewing the pieces together in Step 4.
Take four pieces of cotton fabric in a natural colour. It can be other than beige because we are going to cover it with printed pieces of appliqué and embroidery.
To give some body to the Santa you should work as if you were doing a quilt sandwich, that means that you put a layer of batting between two layers of fabric. After that you baste the 3 layers with small backstitches every 2cm. See photo.