This is the sunniest of Santas, all decked out in the most unusual color for Father Christmas–yellow! Santa clutches a stalk of sunflowers harvested from the fields of Kansas, and even his robe is encrusted with this beautiful bloom. And his stocking hat sports a smaller version of the same blossom. This design was inspired by a visit to view Vincent Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers, and it was impossible to come away without wanting to include sunflowers in one’s own work.

Sunflower Santa was also inspired by the ornaments of Patricia Breen. She is noted for her exquisite Santas, often bedecked with gorgeious blooms. She, too has several Sunflower santas, but mine was only suggested by hers, and is in no way a copy.

Sunflowers dominate this design. The largest is composed of a variety of stitches, and its center has both Chinese Knots and Turkey Work. The lesser bloom is all surface embroidery–perfect petals effected with the perfect stitch. And at the hem of his robe aa wide border of sunflowers proclaim that Santa too has been bewitched by Van Gogh.

He is worked primarily in Soie d’Alger and Needlepoint Silk with special touches in Silk ‘n’ Ribbons, Mandarin Floss, and shiny Kreinik braids. His robe is an elaborate composite stitch worked in Waterlilies for a variegated effect, but many other threads are involved.