I recently hand felted this cushion as a wedding present for my best friend and I embroidered the stag onto it as it is a very Scottish image but also very Scandinavian, which seemed appropriate since I met her here in Scotland, she now lives in Norway and she was married in Sweden (see my Ice Hotel post ).
It's hard to see well in this photo because the felt is so textured and the stag is embroidered in a matching cream thread. It's meant to be subtle though originally I planned to do it as a bold red on white blockprint. But that's christmas for you, it just makes me want to sew by the fire instead of getting mucky with ink.
A friend saw the cushion and confessed to her obsession for all things antler, so I keep my eyes open when I'm net surfing so I can send her in the direction of interesting pieces. Today I was rechecking the Thorsten Van Elten site for stag, elk, moose type things and look what else they had, no more nasty coffee rings with these Stamp Cups by Valeria Miglioli & Barnaby Barford... you'll start to spill your drinks deliberately!
And speaking of cups, my best teacup with a tealight inside...