Elephant’s foot

Elephant's Foot pattern

Elephant’s Foot pattern

My daughter just finished this very beautiful piece for a new Hmong outfit she is making. This piece will be used as the center of the sev. This is quite a difficult pattern, sewn on a higher thread-count fabric. She is still a beginner, but has already improved tremendously since her last project.

This pattern is called Elephant’s Foot (ko taw ntxhw). The entire collection will be cross-stitched using pink and yellow thread only. The pattern is cross-stitched on 15-count, black cross-stitch fabric. The thread count would be referred to as small (ntaub mog) in Hmong. This piece currently measures 3 5/8” wide by 2 1/2’ long, but will be much wider and longer when the sev is fully completed since it will be sewn into the center of a sev.

To give you an idea of how much time was spent making this one piece. My daughter started in mid-November and finished it yesterday, so about nine weeks. She worked on it in the evenings during the week and on weekends only.

My daughter is currently working on the rest of this Hmong outfit. She has started on the pieces for the shirt, which consists of two pieces for the cuffs and two pieces that will line either side of the front opening. The pattern for the shirt pieces combines some of the patterns from the piece for the sev.

Stay tuned for the rest of this Hmong outfit!


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