Saturday, April 4, 2015

French Pere Noel

French Pere Noel
Designer:  Martha Schmidt
Series:  World of Santas #11 of 13
Needle Maid Designs chartpack #NMC-53, c2001
Stitch count:  127w x 170h

Description:  Pere Noel dresses in a green cloak and carries a horn and a Jack-the-Joker attached to his belt.  Children place their shoes on the hearth to be filled with gifts.  Mistletoe represents good fortune.  There are three santons or "little saints" on the mantle. These small clay figurines are often patterned after ordinary people.  They are placed in scenes or creches as if they are going to visit the baby Jesus.  The chart design also includes the French fleur-de-lis pattern on the border.

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