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Mrs. Claus [Santarina] by pinkythepink Mrs. Claus [Santarina] by pinkythepink
Here's my entry for stitchingpirates's Myths, Legends, and Fairy Tales contest. :) fav.me/d817e82
It runs through the end of the year so you still have time!!

Mrs. Claus is someone I've pretty much always looked over in my obsessions with Christmas. To be fair, Santa himself never really caught my interest. Well, let's be totally honest, very little about Christmas catches my interest. Christmas is my favorite holiday because of glitter, gifts, family, usually fantastic weather, and things like random acts of kindness. For me Christmas is hardly about the holiday itself... it's about all the awesome it brings out in people and decorating.

So upon taking this project up I had to do a little learning about Mrs. Claus. Turns out, nobody really knows her first name. Wikipedia had a list of possibilities, with boring things like "Mary" (I mean Merry Christmas, come on), but I found "Santarina" to be the most hilarious and so that is what I'm going with. Her myth/legend is pretty basic around Santa Claus, she's his wife and she's old. She likes cookies just like her husband and who wouldn't love cookies. Her myth itself is sort of loose but she is a mythical person married to another mythical person and honestly I think she just embodies the perfect grandma everyone wishes they had.

This is originally a pattern from Brooke's Books Publishing and I've gone ahead and made some modifications. You might notice I didn't do her shoes, the little scotty dog, or the various ornament dealies that were meant to hang from her rope there. I also didn't cover her hands in ribbon (because ribbon is expensive). I replaced quite a bit of the colors as I went along, like I didn't use Kreinik glitter green for the belt - instead I used green silk threads.

She's done on perforated paper which is pretty similar to the perforated plastic I worked on soooo many years ago, except, you know, paper. To me it's easier to work on than Aida but also is much less forgiving to you if you make a mistake. For example, you make a mistake on Aida and you just tear out the stitches, no problem, go about your day. Maybe the holes are a little bigger now but it's workable. Rarely does Aida just tear and leave you with an unfixable mess like paper will! Fortunately I didn't run into that issue on this project, but the chances of it occurring are there all the same. There's also the matter of cutting the final piece out: on fabric you can leave as many dangly ends of threads as you please all over the place, with the paper cut-out you have to really stay in the lines. This became VERY irritating around the arms since I had to get all those colors in that narrow area without tugging too tight (and bending the paper).

This is my first time working with the new DMC memory threads. I used gold, white, shiny-rainbow-white, and red. They're... well, different. It's wire wrapped in threads so it can fray a bit more than usual on the ends, especially for the gold and shiny white. The non-shiny white and red really didn't have an issue with fraying and I believe this has to do with the metallic nature of things. There's also two ways to get these down: you can stitch them down or you can glue them down. There's evidently a third way that has to do with sewing them right on by pushing them through the fabric [paper] but that seemed ratttttherrrrr difficult seeing as they're pretty large for the holes. Personally, since I don't want my glue showing over time, I used Judkins Diamond Glaze (recommended by Y!PP Tillathehuny for a totally separate project). The glaze is really nice to use and I give it high ratings for you all to use in the future.

For side fun, her gold memory wire glasses were filled with diamond glaze to give her actual "glass". The braid for her hairband was also a bit of a mess seeing as I've never braided with five strands before and certainly never so short.

As a whole, I really loved doing this piece. Brooke's Books produces some of my favorite patterns out there but this is the first time I've actually been able to do one (the material list is often too much for my pockets). The dress is something I will always love - especially the way there's a red metallic stitch every other square to make the entire dress sparkle in the light. My complaint is that when it came to the skin there were way too many colors, especially for areas that were going to be entirely covered up, like her hands. It's just not required for a piece that is so obviously focused on the gown!

Would really love to use this piece as a base reference for a Christmas-themed Queen Alicia. Some day.

Color Total: 27 (four memory wire, one Kreinik metallic braid ; includes cotton, metallics, and silks)
Bead Sizes: 1
Bead Color Total: 2
Bead Total: 82
Size: 5 x 7 inches
Time Total: 20.5 hours
14 count brown perforated paper
Custom - Queen Alicia Finnston II Bead Dress by pinkythepinkMerry Christmas BeadDress by pinkythepinkBeaded Penguin Card by pinkythepinkMirabilia's Dressmaker's Daughter by pinkythepinkValentine Biscornu by pinkythepinkXmas Strawberry BeadDress by pinkythepink
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mockingbirdontree Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2016
Fantastic work! :iconbeauroseplz::iconoak-elfglitter::iconbeauroseplz:
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pinkythepink Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
:iconsnugplz: Thank you MBoT!
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Sara36530 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
so kawaiiiiiii
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pinkythepink Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
:giggle: Thanks!
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Sara36530 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
youre welcome buddy Neko Emoji-27 (Being kawaii) [V2] Neko Emoji-27 (Being kawaii) [V2] Neko Emoji-27 (Being kawaii) [V2] Neko Emoji-27 (Being kawaii) [V2] Neko Emoji-27 (Being kawaii) [V2] Neko Emoji-27 (Being kawaii) [V2] 
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CarpathianDreamDrago Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015   Traditional Artist
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Ni…

Santa Claus is based on actual person, it is the spirit of Nicholas's gift giving that endures.
Yes Santa Claus is real virginia. :)
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Todote Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015
чудо!
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pinkythepink Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Спасибо!
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Fusainne Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
She's sooo preeeetty; I'm totally in love with those Brookes Books Perforated Paper projects...let's see when I'll be able to squeeze one in myself :D
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pinkythepink Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
:love: Thank you, I hope that you'll get to sometime sooooooooner than you think!
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Fusainne Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well I'm aways revising my plans anyway, so who knows when what will happen :D
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pinkythepink Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm muahahaha'ing now because I've just refound this comment and sent you some with Mysterious mysteries. 8-)
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Helens-Serendipity Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Certainly something i wouldn't like to try :faint:

Well done you :nod:
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pinkythepink Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
:giggle: I'm sure you could do it too Helen! Thanks :D
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Helens-Serendipity Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Nah :no: i lack the patience ;)
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Brookette Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014   Artisan Crafter
:wow: Nice work!
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pinkythepink Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
:) Thanks so much!
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ABrickman Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014
Such an original piece! I :heart: it... :o
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pinkythepink Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
:love: Thank you very much!
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ABrickman Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014
You're welcome :)
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Charlene-Art Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a lovely piece!
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pinkythepink Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :love:
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NevaSirenda Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Nicely done! :clap: I loved all the dimensional touches you added! I personally love working on perf paper because you can do so much with it. (Last year I used motifs from different ornament patterns on perf paper to make Christmas pins for all my coworkers!) I also like to teach beginning stitchers with perf paper for the reasons you mentioned: it's easy to hold, you can see the holes clearly, and it teaches you proper tension!
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pinkythepink Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :love: It is so nice to use! I think I forgot to mention how it's so much easier, but you've said it better than I could :D I love not having to worry about a hoop with the paper/plastic stitching, it makes the entire thing a bit more relaxing for me. :)
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Thriin Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014
awwwwwwwww how cool is that! Clap 
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pinkythepink Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
:giggle: Thank you! :love:
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