More Progress on the Elephant of Infinite Charm

I don’t work on the Christus Natus Est panel in the evenings, so I have been making progress on the Elephant of No Distinction But Infinite Charm. Slowly, because he has been proving obstreperous!

Progress on the Elephant of Infinite Charm

Progress on the Elephant of Infinite Charm

I’ve added a second row of cable chain stitch around his ear, and worked a single large roundel of spiral trellis stitch to embellish it. The spiral trellis is a very thread-hungry stitch – I think it used four or maybe five lengths, but it was well worth it. I was careful to bring the new end of the thread in using the end that the previous thread had just finished on, so that the blocks of colour in the variegated thread flowed smoothly rather than jumping about.

The Headcloth of the Elephant of Infinite Charm

The Headcloth of the Elephant of Infinite Charm

You can see in the close up that I’ve used a pulled-work stitch for the Elephant’s Headcloth. I’m not sure which scale I prefer so I may just leave it as it stands. I wanted those sections to be covered, rather than open, but not completely solid. I think it’s pretty successful, but I intend to stare at him for a little while now, while I try to work out how I am going to work the anklets on his legs.


  1. Elmsley Rose says:

    He’s absolutely fantabulous! Love your colour choices, and stitch choices – really really well put together. I think the scale of the elements is just right.
    You are going to have to give him a name! He’s far too special not to have one! (or is it a she?)

  2. Elmsley Rose says:

    One crazy idea, which you might not like…..his body has elements of the splotched background in it. What if you outlined those splodges within his body in a very fine gold?

  3. Lady Fi says:

    Lovely details on the elephant’s head!

  4. Penny says:

    I;m enjoying watching you bring this handsome pachyderm to life!

  5. Jan says:

    He’s looking wonderful! A magnificent pachyderm to grace your home.

  6. Penny says:

    He’s wonderful and so detailed. I love the color scheme you are using here — some of my very favorite colors and perfect for a decorative elephant.

  7. Hey look at him!! He is starting to make a presence.

  8. Mats says:

    Wonderful work, thanks for showing it to us!

  9. Janice says:

    The headgear is looking fantastic. I enlarged the second photo to try to see the spiral trellis roundel better but it still isn’t that clear. I’d love to see a close-up of that – it looks like it will be quite spectacular.

  10. Alex says:

    Definitely infinite charm. 😮 I love the dusty spicy henna colours of the threads you’re using and I would really be interested to see the spiral trellis in closer detail too.

  11. Susan says:

    Oh yes!! That spiral trellis was definitely worth it!!