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

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Outline of Cat 1.


Cat 2.


Cat 3.  


Cat 6.

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The cat 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 cat is traced on to tracing paper and then transferred onto the fabric using the prick and pounce method.

The design was hand painted onto the fabric using white acrylic paints.

The mane of the cat is embroidered in five shades of white and off white DMC embroidery floss. I begin at the bottom of the mane working up to underneath the chin of the cat, working long and short stitches with a single strand of the floss in a No. 10 embroidery needle at one time.

Next the top of the head is worked and then each of the ears. The stripes on the forehead are worked down to the eyes and beneath the right eye. Great care it taken to angle the straight stitches in the direction in which the fur lies, blending the colours together so that the hairs look as if they are laying on top of each other. The white striped running down the nose is worked and the white areas beneath the eyes.

The chin and lip are worked and then the cheeks of the cat.

Finally the nose and eyes of the cat are worked.

I then check over the embroidery adding in the whiskers and additional stitches for character where necessary.


Height: 4 1/2 inches (11 1/4 cm)     Width: 4 1/2 inches (11 1/4 cm)


2 hours


49 Hours


Mounting the embroidery on to acid free board: 2 hours


Grey/green mixed fibre fabric with the surface texture of fine soft suede.


22 shades of embroidery floss used:

DMC B5200, DMC 3865, DMC Ecru, DMC 3033, Anchor 899, DMC 3782, Anchor 392, DMC 3790, DMC 3781, DMC 301, DMC 3371, DMC 3863, DMC 3862, Clarks 480, DMC 632, Anchor 1007, DMC 407, Peri-lusta light blue, DMC 927, DMC 928, Clarks 9408, DMC 924.

Cat 4.                                             Cat 5.


   Cat 7.                                                 Finished Cat


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