It was love at first sight when I spied this canvas on Susan Roberts' website. It is a 30-inch-tall Nutcracker that I'm going to stitch and then have made into a standing stuff. What a marvelous thing to have standing by the Christmas tree or in the foyer to welcome guests.
Since I plan on turning this into a standing stuff, I first drew an outline around the canvas. Actually I did it quite poorly since I later decided that I need to have at least 10 stitches of background around the figure. This will change when I get to his legs because he will need "a good foundation" and so the bottom border will be much wider. I couldn't face doing all of that background in basketweave, so I selected the Jacquard stitch.