Hiya, Stitchy Friends!

Man, has IT been a while?!  School’s second half has officially kicked my rear-end.  Whew!  I’m in the final stretch; my last semester.  Woo Hoo!  I graduate in August.  So excited to be done with grad school.  Can’t wait to see what the next chapter of my life brings, not to mention having free time to enjoy my cross-stitching and photography hobbies.

Since it’s been a year since my last post (I apologize for that), I thought I’d catch everyone up on what I’ve started stitching over the past year during semester breaks.  Christmas break was my longest, about 3 weeks long.  So I was able to really make some progress on this project.  It’s a kit titled, “Lord of the Desert” by Maia.  I can’t recall where I purchased the kit, but I’ve had it for a while.  I graduated from Louisiana State University (LSU), and our mascot is a Bengal Tiger.  So I stitched a gorgeous tiger profile last year.  You can see it in my past projects post here.  My husband is a fan of the University of Alabama, whose mascot is an African Elephant.  I wanted to stitch an elephant for him, but every pattern I found was of sweet-looking elephants, elephants with their babies, stuff like that.  I wanted to find an elephant that looked imposing or even a charging elephant.  When I saw this kit, it was perfect!  Here are some photos of the progress I’ve made on it already.  It’s looking good!

It’s almost 75% complete, I’d say.  I just have to finish the bottom right with all the fancy filigree shapes, then I have a swath all across the bottom, which is the rest of the elephant’s legs and feet and the back-stitching.  He’s not so menacing-looking, is he?

The finished design will be 12″ x 12″, and I’m thinking of making it into a pillow.  I just have to find a 12″ x 12″ pillow form.  My idea will have the entire cross-stitch as the front cover, and the back will be a patterned fabric, measured to sew it up as a pocket-style pillow covering, so I can remove it and clean it when needed.  My husband has a man-cave in our basement with his TV and sofa, so I’m sure he’ll enjoy the pillow.

Well, I’d better get back to homework.  Hope you all are enjoying your stitching projects.

Happy stitching!

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