Friday, July 20, 2012
That's a pretty gorgeous little blanket for a pig, right? It belongs to this guy:
This is one of three farm animal designs in cross stitch and beading that Jim Shore did for Mill Hill a while ago. You may still be able to find them. Jim Shore did a whole bunch of fun designs for Mill Hill, which I immediately loved, but waffled about for quite a while.
Like most Mill Hill kits, these came with 14 count perforated paper, and are designed to fit into a 6" square frame (which is also available). They are fun and easy projects, but the question soon becomes what to do with them all? I think that in general, this is a big issue for stitchers. No matter how elegant the designs may be, once you start littering your walls with a bunch of tiny pictures you have lost any claim to good interior design. I usually handle this by grouping together smaller pictures into sets - those Lanarte butterflies, for example, are hung stacked vertically over a bedside table.
These designs, though, I felt were more seasonal, and just in a grey area near too whimsical, so not something I wanted to hang permanently. So I didn't buy them. Then one day it occured to me that I could stitch them on fabric instead, and sew them together into a quilted banner. For me it was one of those Eureka moments! That was almost two years ago now. So yes, this is another UFO.
Tune in tomorrow for the continuing saga!