Sunday, September 29, 2013
A new project!
Now that the Toyland Rocking Horse canvas is finished, it's time to start something new. This chubby-cheeked Santa designed by Amanda Lawford has been waiting patiently in the wings, and he's finally getting a place in the spotlight!
Like all of Amanda Lawford's canvases, this 15-inch Santa is exquisitely stitch-painted--a big plus. The design incorporates a lot of bright, festive colors so the stitcher can move around the canvas and not get bogged down working with just a few threads. And front and center in the design is a penguin--a popular figure at our house year-round.
I've started work on the canvas by drawing an outline around the Santa for the background. After tracing an oval onto onion-skin paper, I darkened the line with a black Sharpy. I slipped the onion-skin paper under the canvas, lining up the black outline with the canvas threads themselves, and carefully drew the border for the background onto the canvas with a gray FabricMate permanent marker. Now I'm ready to start stitching!