Phew! OK, so it may not be a ‘welcome to the world’ present, as it was intended, more like a ‘happy first Christmas’ present, but it’s FINISHED, and that, my friends, is the important thing. This is the Noah’s Ark design from Jo Verso’s Cross Stitch Gifts for Children, a book my mum had when I was little, and which I bought on Amazon last year in a fit of nostalgia. Plus it was about £3 including postage.
I have actually stitched this before when I was about 15, and I remembered thinking it was totally amazing, which was why I thought to repeat it – also, the mum of the baby for which it is destined had said rather pointedly that she had SO MANY knitted baby clothes, so a jumper was out of the question.
However, despite being well chuffed with it the last time I made it, when I looked at the project photo in the book this time it felt like THE 90s WERE COMING TO GET ME. I don’t think the incredible staging where it’s surrounded by house plants and Body Shop animal soaps helped much.
I decided to update the colours a bit, using 2 slightly different browns for the ark and giving it a solid red roof, which I think looks cleaner and more vibrant.
The little animals are on 14ct plastic canvas – there were only supposed to be 6, but because my brain is mush I drilled 7 holes in the frame, so I had to invent a giraffe. He looks pretty cute, no? The design is mounted on 2 cards, so the hanging animals can join their friends in the ark:
The frame is from IKEA – I’ve long given up getting embroideries professionally framed, as ten to one IKEA’ll have a frame to fit, and it’s really easy to do it yourself. You do end up with a big spider-web of threads across the back, but no-one’s looking at that… I was going to cover the back with some really cute elephant fabric I had, but basically couldn’t be bothered. Meh. Who’s going to see it?!
Well, that’s about it really. Not much more to say on that, except that yet again I finished the embroidery ABOUT 3 MONTHS AGO, and it’s been sitting there waiting to be framed ever since. I seriously have to sort this habit out…
Have a good week!