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Below is the Work in Progess pictures of an American Robin on Berry Branch worked in the method of Needle painting.

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Branch and Berries

 

Tail Feathers

 

Wing Feathers

 

Finished Embroidery of Robin

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ROBIN ON BERRY BRANCH - NEEDLE PAINTING

The Robin on Berry Branch is worked in the method of needle painting which is the blending of straight long and short stitches using different shades of DMC floss.

The embroidery is worked on a off white muslin fabric in a 10 inch by 11 inch stretcher bar frame. The fabric is pinned onto the stretcher bar frame so that it is drum tight.

WORK IN PROGRESS

The embroidery is worked from the background to the foreground so that a dimensional picture is created. I use one strand of DMC floss in the needle at the time. I begin with the berry branch working all areas of the branch that come behind the berries or behind the feet of the robin in stem stitch.

Next I work the berries in satin stitch and the berry stems in stem stitch using three shades of DMC floss and the stems.

I then work the tail feathers that are behind the branch in satin stitch.

The remaining branch and bunches of berries are worked and then the breast is worked in rows of long and short stitch.

Branch and Berries

Breast

The wing feathers are then worked in two stages. Each feather is worked in satin stitch using two shades of grey, the top of the wings are worked in long and short stitch.

The head is worked in long and short stitch.

Wing Feathers

Head

The beak and eye are worked last in satin stitch.

EMBROIDERY SIZE

Height: 3 3/4 inches (9 1/4 cm)     Width: 4 1/4 inches (10 3/4 cm)

PREPARATION TIME

Tracing the design, prick and pounce method of transfer, drawing on the design and placing the fabric into the stretcher bar frame: 2 hours

EMBROIDERY TIME

32 hours

BACKGROUND FABRIC USED

Smooth good quality 100% cotton muslin Fabric: Southern Belle

THREADS USED

20 shades of DMC embroidery floss, using one strand in the needle at one time.

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