Below is the Work in Progess pictures of a owl worked in the method of Needle painting.

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Photograph of Burrowing Owl

Burrowing Owl 1.

Burrowing Owl 2.

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Close up pictures

Burrowing Owl Face.

Burrowing Owl Eyes.

Burrowing Owl Feet.

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The owl 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 outline of the Owl is traced on to tracing paper and then transferred onto the fabric using the prick and pounce method.

The design was hand drawn onto the fabric using a mechanical HB pencil.

The Needle Painting embroidery is worked from the background areas of the embroidery to the foreground.

The Owls feet are worked first as they are the most behind parts of his body. The feet and legs are worked in three shades of DMC brown embroidery floss's in stem stitch.

A split stitch line is worked around the bottom of the left side of the body from the left wing and over the right leg. The left side of the body is worked in rows of long and short stitches in four shades of brown DMC floss, beginning the rows at the bottom of the body, working to the top.

The right hand side of the body is then worked in the same method.

A split stitch line is worked around the right wing, then the wing is worked in rows of long and short stitch starting at the end of the wing to the top of his shoulder, the left wing is worked in the same method.

A split stitch line is worked around the head and then the head is worked by working from the outside of the head in towards the beak. The eyes and the beak are the last parts of the bird that are worked. The grass beneath his feet is worked in stem stitch.


Height: 3 1/2 inches (8 3/4 cm)     Width: 2 1/4 inches (5 1/2)


2 hours


21 hours


Smooth good quality 100% cotton muslin Fabric: Southern Belle


8 shades of DMC floss.

Burrowing Owl 3.                      Burrowing Owl 4.


Burrowing Owl 5.                                Burrowing Owl 6.


Close up pictures

Burrowing Owl Chest.

Burrowing Owl Wing.

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