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« on: July 02, 2008 01:36:10 PM »

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!!  Grin)


Alexander and Pom, his sons, enjoying nature:



More 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!  Smiley

Hope you enjoy, and thanks for looking!

xx

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« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2008 01:49:24 PM »

WOW! I also loved Babar as a child! Great work!!!
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« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2008 01:53:41 PM »

Hey! I used to watch Babar on tv when I was a kid! I loved it...but then they stopped the program...I really missed it. That embroidery is lovely! now you got me thinking...maybe i could do one of the moomins! that's another childhood thing I liked! and still like...
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« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2008 02:38:33 PM »

so sweeet.  that is awesome.
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« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2008 07:01:12 PM »

amazing job!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2008 07:19:31 PM »

BABAR!!! I love those stories and so do my kids.....beautiful embroidery work !! I love it!
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« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2008 07:33:15 PM »

I opened this page and said "AW! Babar!" I loved Babar, and you did some lovely embroidery, good work!  Grin
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« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2008 07:33:30 PM »

omg thats so awesome! you did a great job!
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« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2008 08:05:49 PM »

holy cow! how awesome is that! I LOVE BABAR! this rocks rocks rocks your embroidery skills are second to none!
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« Reply #9 on: July 02, 2008 08:26:14 PM »

I remember Babar! Oh...this is beautiful...and so glad you posted a pic of it from a distance for scale! It's much bigger than I thought it was! Lovely work! Wink
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