My love of Tsums met my love of cross stitch again this Mother’s Day, with a stacked bookmark for my mother-in-law featuring a character for each grandchild.
My husband suggested that Chewbacca, a family favorite in the Star Wars universe, be included, and I looked online at the actual tsum tsum for inspiration. It was pitiful! All one fur color, with the bandolier and the toothy grin the only identifying markers. The Ladybug Blog has it featured along, with its itty bitty (the adorable Hallmark money magnets):
Even the Ewoks have more personality, and they are a more fraught part of the canon.
Anyway, I could hardly cross stitch a solid color Chewbacca - it would look like a friendly football. So I looked at the film images and saw that he had lighter shading around his face, and light highlights moving both up his forehead and down his neck.
If you like the precise look that resulted, the burnt-orange color is 922 from DNC and the darker color is 264 from J & P coats. However, these were holdovers from other projects and SmArt finds, so feel free to experiment with the colors.
The lightest color on the pattern represents two strands of 922 with one of 264. The middle shade is one strand of 922 with two of 264, and the darkest is three strands of 264. The lightest shade could very easily be substituted for the middle shade for a more striking contrast.
I drew a single strand of black across the white stitches to delineate his teeth, and my Tsum Tsum Chewy was complete!
For a more detailed Chewbacca, several Etsy sellers have patterns that will be a hit with a super fan, like seller Derek at Stitchbucket: