The stealthiest of the African Big Five animals, the
leopard, is notorious for its ability to adapt and survive. I
was furtunate to see one of these macnificent cats in the
wild, once, in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve. Although it was
very close to the road, we almost didn't spot it.
Folklore has it, that eye contact should be avoided when
coming too close to a leopard, when not in a vehicle, like we
were. Is it just me, or do you also find the cold stare of the
leopard below a bit intimidating? Stitching the embroidery
design, on the other hand, is as easy as pie. With one thread
color and less than 6 000 stitches, you will want to stitch it
again and again.
A close up of the leopard drawing.
To get the greatest joy out of this design:
If embroidery designs were to be categorised or scaled, this
would be on the no nonsense end. Low density, low stitch count and
few (if any) jump stitches, make this a "hoop, stitch, and enjoy"
type of design. The only thing I would not suggest doing, would be
to resize. For smaller but similar designs, have a look at the African
Animal Small Drawings collection.