My Mom's birthday was this month. Ever since I was 15, I've been rescuing pets, mostly cats. We had never been "cat people." But nearly 15 years later, I've adopted 5 cats and she and my dad have adopted 7 (and fostered several others).
Now 65 and about to retire, I think it's time she embrace her "Crazy Cat Lady" status. This gift a nudge in that general direction.
The image I based this on was found in a meandering Google search for "cat stack" or "cat pile." Like I said... meandering.
I did the cats in a simple split stitch using 6 threads of sequential colors of pink-to-purple from whatever brand of embroidery floss I have. The whiskers and noses are just simple back stitch in a single thread of black. I'd love to say the eyes are French knots, but no... I just did a tight "+" using 6 threads.
Close up of the kitties at the bottom of the totem pole.
The frame was a $1 find at the thrift store. Gorgeous, except the back prongs were missing. So rather than tape the back down I decided to turn to my good friend, hot glue, to secure things.
Hope you like it! My mom loves pink (hence the color choices) and cats (obviously) so I think it's a shoe-in.