This has been in the works for over a year. Partially because it's the first large piece of embroidery I've ever done, partially because I am easily distracted, but mostly just because I'm slow. I've had it in my head the whole time though, that this is for Max.
The design is the product of my doodling across notebook paper during the rehearsals for a children's play I was in last winter. The play was a story-book version of The Tortoise and the Hare, which had the actors dressed up like a bunch of woodland animals, all of which walked on their hind legs. The stage makeup was amazing.
I absolutely love the way it turned out. This probably won't be my last piece of embroidery. I love the way I was able to change it and add things as I went along. In fact, now that I think about it, I wish the turtle was holding a ukulele. Or possibly a banjo. Maybe this isn't actually finished...