It's been ages since I took part in a swap... I'd forgotten how fun and nerve wracking
they can be (all at once!). Don't get me wrong, it's been great but I always find it so hard
deciding what to make and then there's the performance anxiety when you start seeing
all the amazing things other people have done ;)
My recipient said that she likes Scandinavian design, so I decided to
try my hand at a Dala Horse... like this one (below)...
After a couple of REALLY bad attempts at freehand cutting, I sought out a
pattern for the shape online and found this one (below) here...
At one stage I thought I'd finished but then I saw some amazing ones on the Creative
Space meme and realised I was going to have to try harder if my recipient was to
be happy, so I began doing different strand widths of embroidery to give the design
... and I did a bit of block printing for the saddle etc.
Anyway, it's done and I so hope my recipient likes it.
Are you taking part in Christina's Xmas Ornament Swap too? I can't tell you
who my recipient is but I'm happy to report it's all finished and ready for posting :)