Monday, 21 September 2015

Design Release - Numbat

Today I release a new design of a distinctively marked bush animal which admittedly is not very well known about both here in Australia and abroad.  The numbat is a small and colourful creature (between 35 to 45 centimetres or 14 to 18 inches in length) with a long pointed snout, bushy tail about the length of its body and white stripes over its back and rump.  A black stripe also runs over each eye from the base of the ear to its muzzle.  The numbat is sometimes called the banded anteater, marsupial anteater or walpurti and inhabits the natural environment of Western Australia's open woodland eucalypt and jarrah forests.


The numbat's diet consists exclusively of termites with an adult requiring as much as 20,000 ants a day for its survival and like many ant-eating animals uses a long and narrow sticky tongue to collect its food from termite mounds.  The interesting fact about this animal is that whilst like all other marsupials it uses its strong sense of smell to hunt for food, it also possesses the highest visual ability of any other marsupial.  Adult numbats are solitary and territorial creatures setting up an area early in life and remaining there after that with the only exception of venturing out in the mating season.  These gentle creatures currently have an endangered status with their predators being foxes, carpet pythons and various falcons, eagles and hawks.

I have to admit that this cross stitch design was a challenge trying to feature the stripes and incorporate all colours and the details that this little fellow has.  Numbats vary in colour combinations from greys to copper so I decided to brighten the design by using the more of the earthy shades.  There are 11 colours in total and measures 98 x 74mm (3.9 x 2.9 inches) when stitched on 14 point aida fabric with stitch dimensions of 54 x 41 stitches.

Australia is indeed home to some very different and unusual animals - I guess it's what helps make us such an interesting nation and I am proud to be able to highlight our uniqueness through my work.


'We could learn a lot from crayons.  Some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, some have weird names and all are different colours...but they all have to learn to live in the same box' - Robert Fulghum

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