Jul 23, 2014

Stitch Guides for the Russian Santa Series UPDATED

Northern Light Santa from Chillyhollow

Leigh Designs' eight Russian Santas have been very popular, so there are quite a few guides available.  My Blue Russian (above) is available in normal stitch guide format from Leigh Designs or directly from me.  You can also follow along as I blog-stitch the piece at the Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure.  The second link is the materials list.  So you have a choice--a free and long-winded guide or a more formal one that you pay for.


Sandy Arthur's two Russian Santas also have guides available from Leigh Designs.  Sandy stitched the Holly Hills Santa and the Merry Mistletoe Russian Santas. You can see all three finished models (including my Blue Russian) at the Leigh Designs website by clicking on the Russian Santa you are interested in.

Carolyn Taggart has also done guides for several of her stitched Russian Santas--the Forever Green Santa and the Birdland Santa (second link).  Note that she explained how Birdland Santa was stitched on Blog but some folks will want to pay for her nice stitch diagrams and a more step-by-step guide.


Both Carolyn and Sandy are planning to stitch more Russian Santas in the series and offer guides.  Stay tuned for a long and happy Russian Winter!

UPDATE:  In the last several months more and more stitch guides for Russian Santas have appeared. There are two shops with Russian Santa clubs as well.  For the latest, check out the bottom of this posting I made on my regular Blog.


  1. Hi Jane~
    Not sure if this is the right place to post but 3 Kittens Needle Arts is offering Leigh's Russian Santas as a Club currently underway and includes an exclusive canvas to the shop as part of our club - the Snow Maiden - who is the granddaughter to Father Frost in the legend. She is painted with a beautiful blue dress and a long single blond braid - a companion piece to the Northern Lights Santa. We do have the Snow Maiden on our Needlepoint Club page on our website if stitchers would like to see her. Thank you so much for all your hard work to inspire stitchers and share the work of so many talented designers! It has been fun to see the different interpretations of Leigh's fabulous series!

    1. Hi, Julie! I'm glad you spoke up. I am trying to keep up with all the guides and clubs for the Russian Santa series on Blog (link below) but it is hard. I'll have to see if you've posted any more photos of her on Facebook or your website. I'm dying to see her and all her Ivans finished! http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/p/russian-santa-stitch-long.html