Year of the Ox

Happy Chinese New Year everyone!

We’ve been celebrating this holiday with my sister-in-law ever since Half-Pint came along. It is so much fun. We dress up and then make and eat good food shared with lots of friends. I really love that Ruth started this tradition!

Of course, Bean has to participate in the dressing up for this festivity too. I pondered many options and even coveted a few Etsy items. In the end I was good on our budget and just wound up embroidering a onesie for her to wear to the big feast next weekend. Mmmm dumplings. I can hardly wait!

The design sketched out:

Completed laterns up close (I still haven’t washed the onesie just yet to get the Crayola marker off, so you can still see it peeking out from behind the stitches here and there):

The ox (I just love this little guy!):

Bean happily modeling my needlework:

And of course she spit up all over the front of it just after these pictures to show her love most ardently. Guess that solves the marker problem. πŸ™‚

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9 responses to “Year of the Ox

  1. So darling! I love the idea of having a theme party AND onesie. So cute. She is a doll.

  2. That onsie is adorable! Sometime I would love to try needle work like that! So cute!! Bean looks like such a happy baby!

  3. That is a really cute ox. Did you draw that yourself?

  4. Wow, that looks great- really impressed by all the different colors!

  5. Oh, that is SO sweet! My kids love talking about their Chinese animals ever since my sister told them about it. We’re having a little Chinese New Year party with some friends tomorrow. One of the boys is an Ox — he’ll be 12 this year. πŸ™‚

  6. lwuertz

    No, I found it on the Internet and traced it. I wish I was that good at drawing!

  7. this turned out soooo cute! I love it! Oh, you guys are going to have so much fun celebrating the Chinese New Year, especially with such a cute little baby. πŸ™‚

  8. Morgan

    Oh Lisa, it’s so adorable! I just got into embroidery this past month and am totally loving it. What do you use as backing to keep it from being too stretchy while working on?

  9. lwuertz

    I don’t use any backing, I just stretch it over the embroidery hoop and then go to work. Sometimes I have to restretch it after awhile because it comes loose. I’ve thought about putting some iron on interfacing on the back to cover up the threads after I’m done, but I haven’t had any problems with it so far.

    Anyway, I love the embroidery because it is so quick and easy. It really doesn’t take much thought and I can do it while nursing (holding a giant hardbound book is a little bit rougher on my wrists).

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