A Benin Lion Banner to Stitch

Trish Faubion

Embroidery thread for the lion’s mane (dark gold), tail tuft (dark gold), eye (blue), and mouth (brown); the sample was worked with The Caron Collection Waterlilies and Soie Cristale 100% silk threads
Fabric, 100% cotton; yellow (for lion), 1 piece 19 x 14 inches (48.3 x 35.6 cm); red (for background), 1 piece 28 x 12½ inches (71.1 x 31.7 cm)
Sewing thread, yellow and red, to match fabrics
Tracing paper
Fabric marking pen, washable
John James Needles, embroidery and appliqué
Embroidery hoop, 7 inches (17.8 cm) in diameter
Small dowel, 15 inches (38.1 cm) long

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