Maharajah’s Elephant – GCC Lightning Round


This course is available as a GCC Lightning Round through February 28, 2022. Our GCC Lightning Rounds are four or five of our Group Correspondence Courses that have been hand-picked by our Education Department and made available for individual EGA members to register without a group for a limited time. Visit our GCC Lightning Rounds page to learn more.

More about Maharajah’s Elephant below
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On Maharajah’s Elephant with Mary long you will work on a glitzy elephant, a Maharajah’s fantasy creature. Perhaps it is a jeweled decoration in a wonderful palace. It could be a toy for the Maharajah’s son and heir. Or maybe a Maharajah really can have a brightly colored elephant with gold feet and tusks! Let your imagination loose when choosing your colors and threads. The decorative border is optional.

Although the primary goal of this project is to teach you the technique of canvas appliqué by attaching the ear to the elephant, you may complete the project by stitching the ear directly on the canvas ground fabric.

Stitches used include tent, rice, eyelet, swirl, alternating Scotch, mosaic, Rhodes, satin, and brick as well as several cross stitches including double, upright and Smyrnas. The background is a bargello pattern.

Course information

Project: framed piece, standup or bag insert
Size of Design Area: 12 x 13 inches
Ground Fabric: 18 count mono canvas
Types of Threads Used: Kreinik 1/16 Ribbon, cord, #12 and #8 braid, Watercolours®, Needlepoint Inc silk, and Rainbow Gallery Silk Lamé Braid and Patina®. The primary background thread for the blue elephant is DMC® perle coton #5, while the red elephant uses Vineyard Classic Silk.
Colors Used: Student’s choice.
Skill Level: Intermediate.
Prerequisites: The student should be comfortable using compensation and reading stitch diagrams and charts.
Time: six months.
Text: $40.00, 53 pages with color scans of stitched piece. (included in the cost of Lightning Round registration)
Estimated Cost of Supplies: approximately $105.00 for the blue model. The use of silk for the red model background increases this by approximately $10.00.

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Additional Notes:

Please visit the GCC: Lightning Rounds page to learn more about our Lightning Rounds before enrolling.

Lightning Round registration is a benefit of membership with EGA. Not a member? Simply register for this class and the membership will be automatically added to the cart for you.

Charges are higher for Canadian and International students to cover the additional shipping expenses.

There are no refunds for course or text fees so make your selection carefully.