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A lady asked me to embroider her mother's two dogs, which she wanted made to a certain size and incorporate three types of fabrics, (the patterned white background fabric, the green mottled fabric and pink leaf patterned fabric). This piece was to be sewn up with another eight or so pieces into a quilt for her mother's eightieth birthday. Each panel would have a different element of her life.

I worked from a photograph or Rory and Mugsy, I tried to capture their individual characters.

Rory's fur is sewn down curly dolls hair which I have painted in certain areas with off white acrylic paints (watered down) to give his fur more depth and realism. Rory's favourite toy was his felt carrot. I have padded the carrot and used felt for the carrot.

For Mugsy I applied grey and Black metallic fabrics. Over which I worked long and short stitches in DMC embroidery floss. Rory and Mugsy's eyes are embroidered with DMC floss.

I embroidered Rory and Mugsy's names in couched down DMC floss.


Height: 4 inches (10 cm)     Width: 5 inches (12 1/2 cm)


15 Hours


Rory: White curly dolls hair, orange and green felt and DMC floss.

Mugsy: Black and grey metallic fabrics, and DMC floss.


Patterned white, mottled green and leaf patterned pink cotton quilting fabrics

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A fan of the British puppets Punch and Judy commissioned me to make a puppet of the evil Punch and the dominated bullied Judy. I tried to get the true expressions on these dolls faces. I made the heads from felt and padded them with stuffing and painted the expression on their faces. The clothes and hats I also made out of felt.


Height: 9 inches (22 1/2cm)     Width: 7 inches (17 1/2 cm)


20 Hours


Felt fabric, stuffing, sewing thread and acrylic paints.

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Address: 1481 Hunterbrook Road NW, Calgary, Alberta T2K 4V4, Canada Telephone: (403) 274 6293  Email: tanja@berlinembroidery.com