I made my first Mill Hill ornament! I have been wanting to try beading for a long time now since I plan on doing PinkyThePink’s Mucha Belle & Heidi’s Stargazer Conversion. I remember looking at EVERY SINGLE Mill Hill kit on 123Stitch a while back. Everyone kept recommending Mill Hill as a beginners guide to beading, but I couldn’t for the life of me find one that I liked.
Until the other day when I was watching LittleYellowHouseCrafts on YouTube and I saw her lineup of Mill Hill Santas and fell in LOVE!! I don’t know what it was, but something about seeing her little Santa’s sparked something inside of me that made me instantly obsessed.
As soon as I got them in the mail I immediately kitted Beartooth Santa up and finished all the stitching in 3 or 4 days. I planned to do him for Stitch Maynia’s Christmas in July SAL & PNW Stitchers’ Winter in July SAL but I just couldn’t wait.I’m never a monogomous stitcher, but I didn’t pick anything else up while I worked on this I was so addicted!
I decided to do my Santa on plastic canvas instead of the perforated paper that came with the kit. I have never worked with perforated paper and I’ve heard stories of it tearing somewhere down the line or spilling water on it or whatever else could go wrong – I figure a Christmas ornament is something I plan to have for the rest of my life and I wanted to make sure it would last that long (and survive around potential children).
That, and there’s something about working with plastic canvas that I really love. Like I said in my last video, it’s like the exact opposite of working on linen. Don’t get me wrong, linen is gorgeous and I love it – but it’s so damn fiddly I feel like I’m going to ruin it! Plastic canvas, I can bend it and tug it and generally beat the hell out of it and no one could ever tell. It actually came a lot in handy while I was working on this. Some of the beads were so close together that I really had to bend my canvas to get the needle in on the second go through. I’m a little worried what’s going to happen when I try to bead on linen (yikes!)
Of course, like always, I had to learn something new with this project. This was my first time working with beads and I LOVED it. I started the beading kind of late one evening and I stayed up until after 1am to put the very last bead in – I couldn’t stop!!
Now I’m seriously obsessed and I have 6 other Santas on my wish list waiting to be purchased. If anyone wants to trade – I no longer want my Mt McKinley Santa and would be willing to trade it for one of the ones below. If not, I plan on giving him out in a future giveaway on my flosstube channel!
I decided to wait on giving my Santa a beard & a backing until I have a few more Santas stitched up. I want them to all look the same, in the backing and in the face, so I think I will give them all the same beard. It makes sense that Santa changes clothes depending on where he visits, but why would he change his beard? I love the little loopy beard on Teton santa (the one with the mountain goat) so that might be the one. Whichever beard I pick, I plan to finish them like Calico did in her video – with a jewelry loop for threading some ribbon through and a sturdy piece of felt backing. If you have never tried beading before and are worried about how to finish a Mill Hill kit, her video was AMAZING at making me feel confident in what I was doing!
I can’t wait to start my next Santa!!