Please help me find good ideas of how to incorporate a 4" x 5" piece of needlepoint into a project for a new baby.
A dear friend of mine is in the process of forming babby. We both knit, and she is by far the better/more productive knitter and has already knit many many things for her little homie so even though she is probably the most knit-worthy person I know, I don't think it makes sense to knit something for her.
Given that, and the fact that she and I are of the same sense of humour, I am confident that she will love something made with Subversive Cross Stitch's Welcome Tiny Overlord
So, now that I've decided that, I'm trying to think of what I should actually _do_ with the little swatch of fabric after I've finished with it. Some of the things that have come to mind are:
- Put it in a cute frame (too boring?)
- Sew it into a cute pillow (where would said pillow go? Pillows in cribs are a bad idea, right? and she isn't really one for extraneous decorations in general -- a wall hanging at least won't get in the way)
- make it into an element of a mobile (too much of a project? I have no idea of how to go about making one of these, especially how to make it baby safe)
- ideally, something that the baby could actually interact with somehow (my friend and I both understand that anything that a baby is allowed to touch will get puked on, and she understands how to properly wash handmade fiber goods but I don't necessarily want to burden who with yet another baby item that must be treated specially*)
I'm willing to knit something to go around the pattern. And I'm willing to do some very
simply sewing (I am cloth and scissor challenged).
In a perfect world, there'd be some kind of Ravelry
substitute where I could search around for pictures of projects that incorporate a little bit of cross stitch. Searching pinterest/google for "cross stitch" brings up lots of patterns, or pictures of finished swatches with no context (or just left in the embroidery hoop, which is an affectation that I, personally, kind of hate). Is there a better search I should be using? Does the hivemind have any ideas?
*this is a rule that I am willing to break, if the final item is cute/funny/useful enough.