Father Christmas Tradition

Father Christmas Hand-made Doll
Father Christmas Hand-made Doll
Father Christmas Hand-hooked Rug
Father Christmas Hand-hooked Rug

You have all seen this rug of mine “Father Christmas” either on exhibit somewhere or in my photo gallery. I designed it during a wonderful workshop with Pris Butler in 2007. My rug is modeled after a porcelain doll my mother made. This is her hand-painted, hand-made, prize winning doll.

My mother created the doll, I think in 1995, to enter in the Wisconsin Doll Show in Milwaukee. The wise old face, wrinkled hands and winter boots are realistically hand-painted porcelain. The chubby body, arms and legs are sewn from fabric then firmly stuffed. Wool clothing has rabbit fur to trim the cuffs and jacket edges. The long white beard is wavy mohair wool from a well fed Angora goat. Father Christmas is wearing snowshoes hand-made by my dad to help wade through the deep snow drifts and is carrying a lantern to light the way. A sack full of toys is slung over his back to fulfill the wish list from good girls and boys.   He stands on a two inch thick slab of wood cut from a tree on the family farm. Her hard work paid off with the “Best of Show” prize. The award ribbon hangs proudly off the copper lantern. Father Christmas doll and Father Christmas rug are displayed next to each other each Christmas season.

Comments: 2 (Discussion closed)
  • #1

    Sharon Blake (Wednesday, 17 April 2013 04:08)

    I think your Father Christmas is so good I would love to make one . Do you have a pattern yet to sell?
    I have only been rug hooking for almost 3 years. I am a Quilter also.
    Do you do all colors in Swatches for rugs?

  • #2

    Karen Duncklee (Wednesday, 17 April 2013 16:55)

    Hi Sharon,

    Welcome to the world of rug hooking!
    Yes, I do have the Father Christmas pattern available for sale in the rug hooking patterns section under the Products and Services tab in the tool bar. It is available on linen or rug warp.
    The wool in my online store can be dyed in swatches. The spot dyes however will become solid colors in order to get a nice gradation from light to dark.

    Thank you for your interest,