This Santa Kit comes in plenty of time to make an heirloom before the next Winter Holiday Season.
This delightful Penny Rug Santa stands about 18" high when completed and will last for generations. This is not a difficult Santa to make, just lots of details. The instructions included in the kit are very good...easy to understand and comprehensive.
The kit includes a complete selection of the hand dyed wools needed to make Santa's clothing, sack & shoulder bag, a wooden base, my special hand dyed body fabric, real curly lambs wool for the bearding, paints, a vellum transfer painting guide for the face, wire armatures and detailed written instructions and patterns with ideas for adding design details of your own. You will need to supply stuffing, threads, buttons for the robe and your sewing tools.
We're offering two different color schemes for this Penny Rug Santa:
with wool to make a robe from my Winter Greens and coordinating fabrics
Old World Santa
with wool to make a robe from my Old World Santa Red and coordinating fabrics
Please note: We have a very limited number of the darling ice skate kits available as an add-on option with this kit....when they're gone, we won't be able to get more. They make a lovely additional detail to the Santa.
Our wool kits* for our appliqué designs are created especially for each design and are carefully prepared with ample wool to complete your project. The wools in the kit will generally not be the same wools used to stitch the original and are intended to give a look similar to, but not the same as, the original. Keep in mind that the photograph accompanying the pattern is meant as a guide only; your piece will be uniquely your own.
* Please note: Unless noted otherwise in the product description, our kits do not include threads, non-wool fabrics called for in the design, buttons, or other non-wool items.
In The Merry Hooker Woolens dye studio, we honor the slow and labor-intensive process necessary to obtain richly dyed woolens with good colorfastness, colors that permeate into the core of the fabrics and create a soft hand that make them a pleasure to work with. We don’t rush the wool and we don’t subscribe to the "hurry up" method of dyeing.
We use the same wonderful 100% woolens you'll find in our rug hooking offerings and, with one significant variation,our process for dyeing wool for appliqué and quilting uses the same thorough dye methods. This single variation is to put the fabrics through an extra wash to create a slightly denser fabric that is better suited to the appliqué and quilting processes. Our appliqué wools are fulled, not felted.
Our pre-washed wool is soaked in a bath of water and a wetting agent for at least 24 hours to make certain that the fibers are completely saturated. To ensure colorfastness, each dye bath is brought to the proper temperature and simmered with the appropriate mordant for at least one hour. After dyeing, we add our lanolin-based fine wool soak to the dye bath and allow it to cool completely, usually overnight. Once it’s completely cooled, the wool is removed from the dye bath, dried and fulled in the dryer.
Our hand dyed woolens come to you ready to use in your chosen craft with no additional processing necessary.