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Pippi Longstocking (only just not Covered In Stitches)

I’m sure you’ve all seen the amazing entries in the recent Feeling Stitchy Covered In Stitches contest – they were all so gorgeous! I knew SpidersPaw’s entry was sure to be high up there the minute I saw it – look at that satin stitch, people, seriously. I mean, just look at it. (I was pretty blown away by this Dune entry as well.) We (Chrissy / Mom and I, as a team) designed an entry as well – only we just missed the deadline by a nose.

Pippi Longstocking embroidery

But I wanted to show it off anyway, now that the winners have been announced and the contest is officially closed, because we had such a good time working on it and because the whole contest theme tied in freakishly well to what we’ve been working on in the background for a while now. (More on that soon!) Pippi Longstocking is such a fun story, and character, to illustrate — obviously, because we weren’t the only entrant to choice it for their subject. Flickr user Staciejay123’s Pippi is absolutely adorable, and I love the Swedish decorative elements she used in the border – such good thinking! She did pick out a lot of the same details from the book that we did, probably because they’re hilarious, such as Pippi’s pet monkey, Mr. Nilsson:

Pippi Longstocking embroidery

… and her horse who lives on the porch (and has his tail braided with tiny bows):

Pippi Longstocking embroidery

Pippi herself has hair the color of a carrot, according to the book, and a dress she made herself. “She had meant it to be blue, but there wasn’t quite enough blue cloth, so Pippi had sewed little red patches on it here and there.” Also, although most illustrations have Pippi in some sort of zany longstockings, we were very surprised to read that one was brown and the other was black. I guess Pippi just didn’t get around to doing the laundry very often.

Pippi Longstocking embroidery

Pippi’s two friends, Tommy and Annika, sit up in the great big tree next to Villa Villekulla (Pippi’s house). The tree has a hollow hiding spot inside and is surrounded by a lovely overgrown garden, full of brightly colored flowers.

Pippi Longstocking embroidery

Pippi Longstocking embroidery

If you haven’t read Pippi Longstocking in adulthood, I highly recommend it. I suspect it’s much funnier as a grown-up than it ever was as a child!

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