Thanks to the estimated 400 or so people who have been inspired to make an elephant as part of our project, we have now reached out first milestone: 1 thousand elephants!
To celebrate, we've made a very special elephant to be the bearer of our '1000th tag'.
'Ele' took 7 hours to make, layering small commercial fabric samples of lightweight crepe, onto a background of curtain fabric (an off-cut).
(As a personal note, the hardest part was the crochet tail... as I have great difficulty getting my hands to understand what they're doing. But with great support from Desi, I got there in the end. I'm now even more grateful to our volunteers who crochet/plait/twist tails for our regular elephants for us!)
As with all things you put time and care into, most people have found that their elephants take on an endearing personality, which makes gifting them to others a significant decision. (The real danger comes when you name them!). We've heard from many people who have received an elephant, and they recognize how special such a gift is.
We had planned to auction/raffle our 1000th elephant to help us raise funds to keep workshops going, as we still have 3000 elephants to make... but it might be much more difficult that anticipated to send Ele (yes, he's been named...) off to any new home!
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