Sometime one’s passion for needlepoint stitching can spill into other areas of one’s life. I know it has in mine. For example, as readers of my blog know, I absolutely love Florida panthers, specifically, and big cats in general.
The biggest concentration of panthers can be found in Collier County, about 170 m. due southwest from where I live. I also think there’s one that hangs out in the preserve area that’s right next to our house, but my husband is somewhat skeptical of what he terms a “theory.” I know I saw one running across the road, one rainy night, like a rocket.
At any rate, there’s a National Florida Panther Refuge Park, by Collier County, near Big Cypress, at the top of the Everglades. You can walk along a trail that is open to the public, and if you are lucky, you might spot one. Unfortunately, there are only 160, or so, panthers left in the entire state.
Recently, I asked my brother, Max, to draw one for me, so that I could stitch a custom needlepoint canvas of a Florida Panther.
Nothing fancy, just a pseudo-naïve art experiment, to show my readers how to go about creating as simply and cheaply as possible a unique needlepoint canvas on a favorite subject or theme, using simple DIY technology that is available for free, on any Windows computer, coupled with maybe a little visit to the nearest office services store, and a few other, inexpensive little shortcuts. After all, there’s nothing wrong with taking your creativity in needlepointing in a new direction, and being thrifty about it in the bargain.
Max was nice enough to draw me an illustration right away.
Stay tuned, as I intend to keep everyone posted about how this project comes along. I’m sure it will be lots of fun, and who knows, I might end up marketing it (or future iterations of this concept) as a benefit to Florida Panthers, or whatever, and maybe even write up a guide or two, should the resulting canvas turn out halfway decent. Stranger things have happened. We’ll see how it goes, easy-peasy, Florida-style, in upcoming posts.
Meanwhile, I hope you’ve enjoyed the little gallery of closeups, taken from the original of Max’s quick-and-dirty sketch. By the way, I haven’t given this panther a nickname yet, and there’s still plenty of time for suggestions!
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