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.

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