Seeking elusive llamas

by brae  

I've mentioned before that I save things in an inspiration folder.  Quite a few years ago, I ran across a mousepad with an image of needlepoint llamas on it.  It was cute, so into the file it went.

Then I made this llama rug from a pattern from Exquisite Miniatures in Cross Stitch and Other Counted Thread Techniques by Brenda Keyes.

I thought about that old image, so I looked for the mousepad website again.  I couldn't find it.  I did find this website showing the same image, with the same name as old seller with the mousepads.  I wrote to the person for more info about the origin of the design, but never received a reply.

The image was clear enough and the design simple enough that I was able to draft a pattern to make a miniature reproduction for my personal collection.  That was as far as I got.

Moving has its upside in that you find stuff you forgot about.  :D  As I was sorting out needlework patterns, I ran across my llama pattern.  I went back to the website with the photo of the needlework and found another website for the artist.  I've written to her again, so maybe I'll find out more about it there.  (Update: I did hear back from the original person who posted the large size needlepoint.  She wasn't sure of the origin and thought the work had been done 35 years ago.)

In the meantime, I also did a new google search and a different image of the llamas showed up.  There was one at an auction house (upper right photo on this page).  I have no idea if this is related to the mousepad seller or not.  I don't even know if it is a one of a kind work or if there was a pattern for it way back when.

But, I am forging ahead and will make myself one in miniature.  If anyone has any information on it, please let me know!  I'm always diligent about attributing sources and would love to know where this came from.


Comment from: Blondie [Visitor]

I know what you make will look fantastic! And I love a good mystery. :)

01/23/15 @ 13:18
Comment from: Madformod [Visitor]

I love the Llama rug. It has such great colors and a simple pattern.

01/23/15 @ 14:53
Comment from: The Grandmommy [Visitor]  

Oh, that is going to be pretty!

01/23/15 @ 21:35
Comment from: Marijke [Visitor]

What a nice lama rug!
groetjes van Marijke

01/24/15 @ 02:20

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