This is my first embroidery ever, and I am SO proud of it. I couldn't be happier with the outcome.
When my messenger bag was looking a little dull and empty, I decided to make a whale for the flap. The problem was, I couldn't find a picture or pattern to work with that fitted my vision. I wanted one of those adorable, chubby, little cartoon whales with the enormous heads. So, I came to a friend of mine who is an excellent artist, Ashley Kobylarz. Ashley and I discussed what I wanted, and she drew up a little cartoon. I did the rest.
The most painstaking parts were the hearts (as I was a first time embroiderer), which took me 4-6 hours to complete, and fastening everything to the bag. Sewing through both the canvas and some sort of protective layer of plastic was a job in itself.