My nutcracker is now called Gunther. He is originally from the Black Forest area of Germany. He doesn't have a distinctive accent though my make-believe doesn't run to having long conversations with inanimate objects.
His eyes, cheeks and nose are done in the basketweave. I'm a little concerned with how dark the tip of his nose is (makes him look like a tippler), but there isn't another suitable shade in silk 'n ivory. I hope it grows on me. His mouth area is also stitched in tent, this time the continental. His teeth are slanted gobelin.
If you look closely, you can see that I have stitched the outside area on the left to the top of his shoulder and on the right almost to his epaulet. I try to stitch a strand on either side each time I pick this up to stitch. That way, I hope to have it all done by the time I have finished his boots.