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.