So these are two pieces I stitched up for my friend's son. We meant to get together over Christmas so I could give them to her, but between family obligations and illnesses, it just didn't happen. I left the pieces with my mother-in-law, since she is good friends with little Mitchell's grandma.
I also changed out the original panda bear for an elephant. The panda bear was very cute, but the elephant was better suited to the "vintage safari" theme used for the nursery. Once again, my husband did the framing (with a frame from American Frame). I'm not sure if I've shared this tip before, but I always give him the chart I've stitched from with the rest of the framing materials. He uses the chart to find the center of the stitched piece, and pins through the center gently into the backer board, then works out from the center to stretch the fabric over the edges. He finds this especially helpful when framing something with a stitched border such as this. Once he's done, or has enough of the piece pinned to hold it in place, he removes the center pin.
In addition to the framed piece, I also stitched up an ornament for Mitchell, keeping with the vintage safari theme. As soon as I spotted this piece at my LNS, I knew it would be the one I did. This one was done as charted, except I left out the bird charm (the original has a tiny bird perched on the back of the giraffe) and stitched in the birth year instead.
|Zoo Line Up by The Trilogy|
Stitched 1 over 1 on 32 ct. fabric