"It takes ages to finish a quilt you're not working on!"

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Baby Elephant cross stitch

I think I have been very diligent, working on my UFOs this year so far, with three completed already. So I rewarded myself with a small diversion - a quick and easy cross stitch card. Melbourne Zoo has a baby elephant ("Mali") which just about everyone wants to see before she grows out of the cute playful stage! So I decided to celebrate her by stitching this design by Mary Hickmott, which was in the New Stitches magazine a while back. I found it at our Guild library and photocopied the pattern to use at home, and I can't remember the date of the magazine, but it was Issue No.188.
This is the Chook Lady, sewn on to the calico bag that I mentioned previously.
So, now I'm working on the next UFO in my pile - a round robin sampler which was completed by all participants in 2003, but never finished off by me once it came home. I have redone the 'Australia' lettering so it is all in green, and I've started stitching a wattle flower design down the middle of the sampler. The same design will also be used horizontally between the icons to help fill in all that blank space. Then I'll do a border in patchwork fabric - I have some stunning Aboriginal artwork fabric that will fit in perfectly. Oh dear... I've just noticed that orange blob under the platypus in the bottom left hand corner...it is a bit of tangled cotton that I didn't notice lying there when I took the photo!


Miss 376 said...

I like the sound of the next UFO project. Can't wait to see the end result

Aussie Stitcher said...

The elephant is gorgeous, and I love how the Chook Lady looks on her bag. My DH 'always' wants me to take up his pants (he shouldn't be such a short @^$&) or put a button on this shirt. I always ask him if I can do it in xxxxxxxx s LOL.

Eggs In My Pocket / Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Love the baby elephant! I certainly know what you mean about UFO's, and I still need to work on all of the pretty linens you sent to me a while back. blessings,Kathleen

anthony said...

Cross stitch designs would look great on recyclable bags like this calico bag i just bought. I've been into green bags lately and use them for groceries, shopping and simply for fashion statements.