Friday, November 19, 2010


Recently I was involved in an online holiday ornament swap. Since I was sending mine to The Netherlands, I decided to make a Sinterklass.

Once again I was reminded that we never really know very much about other cultures except what we learned as kids or on TV.

Somewhere in the back of my mind, I had associated the Sinterklass icon with children putting out shoes and other variations. The real story of Sinterklass is FAR more interesting. (I will let you find that out yourself. Click on the link.)

The Sinterklaas is about 7 inches tall and needle felted with curly wool locks added as a beard. It was hard to part with him.

My tendinitis seems to be better so I can start working again. Have lots of things I want to make and about you?

If you are creative, I wish you success with what you make and much
creative joy! In any event, happy weekend and

enjoy the day!


April said...

Your Sinterklaas is just his wise beautiful face! Also like the way you always have a link for me to learn more! When our daughter lived in the Hague, she saw many Zwarte Piets running around!!!

Pan said...

What a great face Sinterklass has. I love all the Christmas stuff.

Shelley said...

Love your Sinterklaas...he is wonderful....blessings

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

Nice ornament. I'm going to post about Bavarian Holiday Traditions starting 26 Nov. There will be raffles too. Don't miss it.

Lena said...

This Sinterklass turned out so nice, Helen. That fussy wool beard! I always have such a hard time with those, but yours is perfect! I enjoy reading about how our traditions started, and how they continue throughout the world. My favorites tend to be Nordic in nature, which is quite wonderful, as I live in a mostly Scandanavian community. We lived in Germany when I was a child, and I've always been drawned to German Christmas things.