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Brainstorm: Zoo Needlework

I want to translate zoo themes to needlework. Got any ideas how to do this? I don’t have a lot of space to work with, so no 3,000-stitch pictures. Here are some of my thoughts:

Snakes–long and skinny works
animal tracks
animal skin patterns
elephant trunk
tails–with patterns
foliage–food and habitat

rozellas.jpgJen with rozellas, Australia

feather and fly stitches–they don’t look like birds, but you see the connection, right?
whopper-jawed eyelets look like bird stuff–gross, I know, but it’s one of my favorite stitches, and I like the excuse to use it with a zoo theme
crow’s foot–it’s the name of a tailoring stitch. It’s a diamond, I think. I’ll have to look it up; I’m lousy with stitch names. I tend to make them up. Can you think of other stitches with animal-y names? Leviathan.

I can’t tell you why I’m doing this yet, but it will be revealed in a couple of months.

Maybe something with the bars of a cage. Not sure what.

Okay. Your turn. Don’t suggest anything you don’t want me to use. Can you think of a creative way to interpret a zoo theme in needlework?

Just start listing things without thinking or judging them. You might be surprised what pops up.

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  1. Are you familiar with the Butterfly Alphabet? Actual photos of part of butterfly wings that have the shape of letters of the alphabet. Maybe closeups of patterns. Oh how about a snow leopard Let There Be Night?

  2. I like the eyelet idea, heh heh heh.

    A maze of a map of a zoo, or several little mazes you could match up.
    Zoo animal letters
    Zoo bookmarks! “I love to read, and I am not lion.” OK, I stink at these, but you get the idea.
    Zoo animals hiding in trees

    OK, out of ideas for now.

  3. No, Becca, I’m not familiar with the Butterfly Alphabet, but years ago Mike and I began taking pictures of letter-shapes found in nature. (So much for original ideas.) We don’t yet have a complete alphabet. I’m going to have to find that book. Thanks!

    A snow leopard is on the Let There Be Night list. You just bumped it up to the top. We’ll see if your nudge results in a pattern.

  4. Beck, one of the new bookmark patterns that just arrived from the printer is zoo animal-related.

    I like the idea of hidden animals. That could be tough with the limited size, but I’ll work on it.

    Zoo animal letters. You mean, “Dear Zebra, How are you?” letters, right?