Babar the Elephant is one of my all-time favorite children’s books. I loved it back when i was little, still love it today, and long before i started this project i knew for a fact my sister really really loved it, too.
The story of Babar goes somewhat like this:
As a little baby elephant Babar becomes an orphan but makes reliable friends – both humans and animals – and grows up to become king of Elephant Country and to marry Céléste, the elephant-girl of his dreams.
Past, present, and future in mind i decided to embroider this scene - showing Babar and his kids - for my ds’s 30th birthday:
I used this illustrated book cover as a model:
Here are some detail shots:
Babar carrying a piglet and a pigeon - for good luck and peace.
and a close-up:
Flora, Babar's daughter with a bunny (yay, bunnies!!
Alexander and Pom, his sons, enjoying nature:
And a farm:
on the wall:
And finally, one shot showing how well everything goes with ds’s furniture!
I embroidered this using the freezer-paper-method, and yeah, i had a good deal of tearing out to do. It truly is a brilliant method though, especially when you want to get lots of details onto rather tender fabric.
Having said this I really really want to thank everyone on the needlework board, especially my swap partner onthinice! – the beautiful work, shared prowess and experience of all of you are very inspiring and a huge help. In fact you all encouraged me to take on an embroidery project like this in the first place!
Hope you enjoy, and thanks for looking!