Santa’s attire – Now commences the finishing work. Shelie creates every Santa’s attire from beautiful velvets, chenille’s or other fine fabrics, both new and vintage. The coats and capes are trimmed in luxurious faux furs, or German and English mohair. To finish things off, a variety of colors of suede are used to handcraft boots, bags and cummerbunds. Lush greenery, berries, stems and garlands are woven through to complete the holiday feel.
Finishing touches – Once a Santa is dressed, decorating begins, using a magical combination of new and vintage accouterments, including Christmas ornaments from all over the world. Many of our Santas have handcrafted and very realistic animals joining them as members of their delightful entourage. Vintage and new mohair bears (including many from Steiff, a German-based plush toy company) are used to create the vision of stepping back in time. Many of our Santas carry leather and suede bags, stuffed to the brim with elegant velvet and fabric-wrapped packages, finished with beautiful silk and organza ribbons. Most of our Santas have more than one hundred hand stitches in this final phase of bringing each design to “life”.
Beautiful from every angle – One critical element for Shelie and Richard has always been that every Santa must be designed to stand alone and be able to be placed anywhere in the room…..so that no matter where you are standing, if you blink, he might just turn around and smile at you.