The U.K.’s newborn Princess Charlotte is getting a warm welcome to the world from her friends down under. The Australian government commissioned the ACT Embroiderer’s Guild to hand-stitch the country’s floral emblem – a golden wattle with a long leaf – onto a baby blanket made from Tasmanian merino wool.
It took the guild 200 hours to complete the design conceived by guild President Di Ballantyne. “The design brief was simple: Australian, local and as local as we could find,” she says. The group sourced thread from Australia’s Yass valley to help meet the terms of the brief. Typically, a commission like this would take the guild about six months to complete, Ballantyne told the Canberra Times. In this case, however, the stitchers only had one week to finish the blanket, which was then sent to the duke and duchess of Cambridge to mark the birth of their daughter.