I grew up doing some embroidery, but I didn't always love the time it took to do a really large embroidery project. So this project was perfect for me. The big pieces are cute out and glued on in felt, giving that amazing three-dimensional look as the felt is layered upon itself. Then the edges and many of the highlights are embroidered. That is just the right balance for me. Cutting and gluing are a little more my speed most of the time, but here using the combination it feels a lot less intimidating. It also feels a lot more playful and perfect for a kids room. The one thing this does make me wish for is the amazing collection of embroidery thread that my friend Danielle Rothbyrn has (literally every color made). You should check her out as well, she does some really fun and accessible work with calligraphy at www.rothbyrnscreative.com.
This project also leaves a lot of room for creativity. What are the favorite animals of your children? I imagine that bunnies, bears, kangaroos, or monkeys could top the list. Just think with all the images we can google of cartoons today how easy it would be to design the perfect animal for your family!
Finally, you have a couple of options for the background. First, you could get a canvas and paint it with a color that will make your animal stand out...remember to use acrylic paint so that it will dry fairly quickly and you can put on multiple coats to get good coverage on the canvas. Second, you could use a canvas or cork board and cover it with a layer of felt as the background. If you do this, you could glue it down with some serious glue. Or on a cork board, get a 1/2 inch thick board and you can use thumb tacks to pull it tight around the edges. This will give you that upholstery tack look around the outside rim of your picture. It can add a little bit of polish to your design.
Be sure to let me know how these turn out for you!!!