Santa and Patshatl are one of the newest designs in the Southern Ooaks Santa series for 2012. From Patshatl's back foot to the tip of the tiny wooden rocking horse, they sit at 8 1/2 inches tall. Patshatl is a wooden bear that was rescued from an old dusty table at an estate sale. The gentleman said that it had belong to his great aunt and was about 70 years old. I love collecting old, vintage, antique items to reuse with my designs. I had to sand some places and then I white washed him with acrylic paints.He is such a handsome Polar bear. His riding blanket was felted and then tiny glass beads attached. His nose harness was made from felt and then beaded. His reins were macramed using hemp and some of the tiny glass beads in between the knot tying. Santa,of course, is one of my original designs made from clay, without using any molds. If you have been following along then you know how he is made but I will give a small description for those that are new to the ooaks tree. His face and feet were sculpted from clay, baked and then detailed using acrylic paints. His body, a strong wire armature wrapped in wool yarn. His hair and beard were done using angora wool yarn. His Santa suit was hand sewn using velvet fabric from a vintage wrap. (also found at an estate sale) and faux fur. His gloved hands and boots were also felted.
Santa's bag was made from the same velvet fabric as his suit. Peeking out from the top of his overflowing "goodie" bag are a wooden rocking horse, soccer ball and tiny basketball (yes elves play soccer and basketball..hehe), a tiny bear, two tiny shiny presents and a bagged gift with candy canes poking out.