My mom has a collection of several hundred Santas made of all sorts of things. primarily she likes the old vintage stuff the best. She has many of these. She also likes hand made Santas so she found this picture in a magazine and asked if I would try to make one in this vein. She wants a primitive European style Santa or really St. Nick. No red just browns and black etc.
I have played with making large dolls and angels and snowmen in years past. So I am not totally a novice. but I also have never tried to make anything quite like this santa either.
Here is the inspiration picture she found
Here is my doll without the beard. the arms are just pinned on so far
And here he is with a beard - this is a crepe wool braid I found online. You pull on the braid and release some of the wool and then stretch it as needed. I researched primitive santas on pinterest and found this info there. I ordered some and I am tickled with it. it is so much like a real beard it's crazy!! I love it! The beard was the thing I was worried would look crappy as we couldn't find anything locally that worked. so when I found this I was very very happy!
He doesn't have legs yet. She wants really really long legs LOL so this doll will be at least 3 feet tall if not more. I asked a friend for her pattern for the legs and boots and I need to get those made. I also have to make the cone hat to go on his head. Whether I put any hair on his head under the edge of his cap I'm not sure yet.
I have a ways to go to complete him but I know it will not be as good as the one in the picture. If Mom likes it then we're good. She likes it so far so we shall see how well he comes out.