Eiffel Tower Pillow Ornament

I finished my Eiffel Tower pillow hanging ornament for my friend! Here it is!

Free chart from Blackbird Designs

I am a sucker for useless information. I love working on projects that send me on a goose chase for trivial information. Working on this Eiffel tower stitchery was just the excuse I needed to read up a bit on the history. The tower, once derided as a hideous blot by Parisians, is now one of the most recognized structures and visited monument in the world.

The tallest structure in Paris was completed in 1889 as the entrance archway to World’s Fair held in Paris to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the French Revolution.

It is named after Gustave Eiffel, a specialist in structural engineering. Eiffel has quite an impressive repertoire of structures he had built in his lifetime, many of them are scattered all over the globe!


Photo from Wikipedia

Here are some nerdy facts about the Eiffel Tower that I found to be absolutely fascinating:

1. The top of the tower may shift up to 7.1 inches due to thermal expansion of the metals from facing the sun.

2. The tower sways 2-3 inches in the wind.

3. 50-60 tonnes of paint are used every seven years to protect the structure from rust.

I am a happy girl now that I have actually completed one cross-stitch project for this year (isn’t that pathetic?), and my head is a wee bit fuller with some trivial information.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a marvelous weekend.

29 thoughts on “Eiffel Tower Pillow Ornament

  1. It looks fabulous, your work is wonderful and thanks for that little bit of knowledge for my brain LOL. Love it. When you have a minute check out my blog. Hugs Bunny

  2. ONLY one? :) I dont think I’ve completed ANY! Remember that little bear ornament/frame that you got me? :) Ok, it’s NOT done “yet”!

  3. Wendy the project came out great! You must have needed a break from quiliting.I don’t post my real birthday for security reasons (my weight is another issue) but my real birthday is Bastille Day.

  4. Your friend is going to love this. I really like the colors. The little hanger with roses is awesome. So cute. I know when you put that much time into something and then need to trim it–it makes me nervous too. What a wonderful keepsake this will be for her.

  5. The only thing that would come close to comparing to your sewing skills would be your skills with the camera. Talented woman!

  6. THIS. IS. PERFECT. I love it! I have an obsession with the Eiffel Tower and have pictures of it scattered all over my home. Maybe the obsession is really with Paris and France. This is a sweet little stitchery and I love the useless info too. I’m always excited to see what you are up to over here.

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