As students work this project they will learn to shade with a familiar patterned canvaswork stitch and to use simple straight stitches worked over basketweave to create delicate details, which are otherwise impossible to achieve on 18-count canvas. Special emphasis will be placed on methods of crating different textures of fur and beards. Students will also have the opportunity to couch various materials on canvas, from highly textured yarn for Santa’s beard, to smooth Japanese silver, stiff silver Jaçeron, and even flexible silver chain (the bear’s leash.)
The completed project can be framed or finished as a free-standing figure.
This project is one of Jean Taggart’s final designs and was worked by Gail, and is taught by Gail in her memory.