Below is the Work in Progess pictures of chipmunks worked in the method of Needle Painting

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Sketch of Chipmunks

Design Transferred onto the fabric

Body of the Left Chipmunk

Body of the Right Chipmunk

Part of the Heads

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The chimpunks are 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 fine silk dupioni fabric, with a muslin backing fabric in a 10 inch by 10 inch stretcher bar frame. The fabric is pinned onto the stretcher bar frame so that it is drum tight.


The design was transferred onto the fabric using the prick and pounce method.

The embroidery is worked from the background to the foreground so that a dimensional picture is created.

The feet are worked first as they are behind the body and then the legs and shoulders are worked.

Chipmunk Feet

Legs and Shoulders

The body of the smaller chipmunk is worked next in rows of long and short stitch from the bottom of the body to the top.

And then the body of the right chipmunk.

The tails are outlined in split stitch and then worked in long and short stitch from the tip of the tail to the body.

Tail of the Left Chipmunk

Tail of the Right Chipmunk

The ears and head are worked in long and short stitch, leaving the eyes, brows, nose and whiskers for last.


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


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


100 Hours on-going


Fine Silk Dupioni with Southern Belle Muslin Fabric underneath


15 shades of DMC embroidery cotton, using one strand in the needle at one time.

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