Below is the Work in Progess pictures of Oliver and Maudie (Siamese cats) worked in the method of Needle painting.

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Oliver and Maudie - Needle Painting

Oliver and Maudie, Siamese cats have been commissioned by Sharon Gray to be worked as a cover picture for the book she is putting together, the following explains the reason for writing the book, the book will benefit cancer research.

Sadly Jennifer has left us now. Jennifer and all those who have suffered from Cancer are in our hearts.

The book is now available at McNally Robinson bookstores this would make a great gift and 20% of the book sales profits will be donated to Cancer Research and/or other cancer related organizations, be sure to pick up a copy at you local McNally Robinson bookstore.

  • Book Title: Letters To Jennifer

  • Author: Oliver and Maudie Gray, Sharon Gray

  • ISBN: 0-9686942-2-5

  • Publisher: Avililo Press, Po Box 897, Teulon, Manitoba, R0C 3B0, Canada

  • Book details: Paper back, 90 pages, 8 inch by 6 inch.

  • Price: $16.95


In the early eighties, I met Jennifer and we became friends.

The first time she came to my home she met Basil and Sage, my two Siamese cats.  She looked at them and said, "I am a dog person."

Over time she accepted them, particularly Basil.  They frequently shared taco flavoured chips on the kitchen floor.

She move away, met Ted and married him.  Ted was living with two gentlemen cats, Norman and Charlie.  Of course, she became a "cat person."

We remained friends. Over time we became employees of the same company and Jennifer was my supervisor, living in another city.  I was now living with Oliver and Maudie, two Siamese cats.  At this time I was experiencing health difficulties and I ask her if she would care for Oliver and Maudie if anything happened to me.  She said that she would be delighted.

Whenever we met, she would ask:  "How are my niece and nephew?"  Those who heard this would not realize that we were discussing two very spoiled cats.

In October 1999, Jennifer was diagnosed with breast cancer and had one breast removed and started on a journey of chemotherapy and radiation treatment.  Christmas that year, a parcel arrived with Christmas presents for Oliver and Maudie from "Auntie Jennifer".  I was overwhelmed by this kind, thoughtful act.  Of course, they had to write a letter of thank you.

She told me that she really enjoyed the Christmas thank you letter.  Ergo, the first of more than thirty Letters to Jennifer from Oliver and Maudie.

The letters were a non-threatening, non- invasive way of keeping in touch with her during this difficult time.  A letter was written for each treatment that she received.  In humour, Oliver and Maudie describe their lives - living with Lip (live in person), their neighbours, events and generally their philosophy on life.  Often, Jennifer said that she enjoyed the letters and although she did not look forward to treatments, she anticipated that a letter from Oliver and Maudie would be coming shortly after.

Jennifer - and others who have read them - urged that the letters be published and for her they will be.  Twenty percent of any profits will be given to Cancer Research.


A bone white silk fabric is painted in pink closely resembling DMC floss No. 894 which is the one of the colours associated with the cancer foundation.

Oliver (left cat) is worked first as he comes behind the Maudie that is laying down napping.

A split stitch line is worked around the tail. The tail in then worked in long and short stitch beginning at the tip of the tail working towards the body in three shades of DMC browns.

A split stitch line is worked across the bottom of the Maudie and up the side of the body to the shoulders.

The body is worked from the bottom up to the shoulder in long and short stitch using five shades of brown and black.

A split stitch line is worked down the left side of the leg.

The leg is started at the bottom working up the leg in long and short stitch to the shoulder.

A split stitch line is worked around the remainder of the body and the shoulder and neck is worked in long and short stitch.

The head is worked in a mixture of long and short stitches. I will go back and add some finishing touches to the face and whiskers.

Work now begins on Maudie. The end of right foot is worked that comes underneath the left arm. Then the whole of the left arm up to beneath the chin of the cat is worked in long and short stitch in four shades of brown.

The top Maudie's back is worked and the bottom of the right leg.

A split stitch line is worked around the tail of the cat and then the tail is embroidered in long and short stitch working from the tip of the tail to the base.

The back of Maudie is embroidered, then a split stitch line is worked around the face of the cat.

The ears are worked in tiny satin stitches then the face of the cat is worked in long and short stitch.

The eyes and the nose are worked last.

Finishing touches are added to the background. A couched line is worked along the lines of the window frame to emphasize it and split stitch is worked in two shades of pink beneath the cats to create shadows. Whiskers are added to the faces of the cats and an extra spark of light to Oliver's eye.

The embroidery is mounted onto acid free board ready to be photographed and framed.


Height: 4 inches (10 cm)     Width: 4 inches (10 cm)


4 hours 30 minutes


50 1/2 hours


2 hours


14 shades of DMC floss.


Bone white Thai silk, painted with silk fabric paints.

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