working the design
Cut a 30 x 30cm square of linen. Measure 6.5cm in from the left hand edge and 9.5cm down from the top edge. Start here by embroidering the tip of the elephant’s tail (shown red on the chart). Copy the chart, the square shown red on the trunk will be the end of the tail of the next elephant. Embroider three elephants in a continuous line.
Work the next row nine threads down, reversing the elephants this time so they are marching in the opposite direction. Repeat these two rows to make a total of four rows.
Twenty-one threads out from the elephants at each side and thirty-six rows from the top and bottom of the elephants, work a line of cross-stitches.
When complete, press the work face down on a towel. With the embroidery centred, trim the fabric to a 27 x 27cm square.
Elephant cross-stitch chart