Hand-Embroidered 'Receiving' Blanket

 

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I found some lovely fabric featuring these elephants last year, so decided this should be the basis for Lucy’s blanket. At the point I was making it, we didn’t know if she was a girl or boy, so they were the perfect design for both. 

I couldn’t find the exact colour I was after for the main fabric, so hand-dyed natural calico light green and then sketched the design directly on to it using a friction pen.

 

Each elephant was appliquéd on and the rest of the design embroidered freehand.

I then finished the whole piece using the classic blanket stitch.