The minute I saw this Chinese Sage Santa as a plain needlepoint canvas I knew he needed to be brought to life with thread and stitches. There are some canvases that speak the minute I see them and the ideas just flow. From the first I knew the stitches needed to give dimension, so I used Turkey work on the brim of his hat to make it look like fur. The red tassel dangling from the side is made with metallic thread and it also comes out of the canvas. His beard is stitched in long stitches with thread of wool and silk and I can almost see him reaching up to stroke it.