WORK IN PROGRESS

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

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1: First Row of the Breast

2: Breast

5: Branch

Close up of the Head

Close up of the Branch

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PYGMY OWL - NEEDLE PAINTING

The Pygmy 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 Pygmy Owl is worked on a good quality 100% cotton off white muslin fabric in a 9 inch by 9 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. First the robin design is transferred onto the fabric using the Prick and Pounce Method.

  1. The first row of long and short stitch is worked along the bottom of the breast.

  2. The breast is then worked in 7 rows of long and short stitch.

  3. The head is then worked in three rows of long and short stitch.

  4. The eyebrows, eyes and beak are worked in satin stitch.

3: Head

4: Face

  1. The branch is then worked from the left and right in rows of chain stitch,

  2. The remainder of the branch is worked adding in french knots to represent the roughness of the bark

  3. The branches on either side of the bird are worked in stem stitch to complete the embroidery.

6: Branch

7: Finished Embroidery

EMBROIDERY SIZE

Height: 4 3/4 inches (11 3/4 cm)     Width: 5 1/4 inches (13 1/4 cm)

PREPARATION TIME

Tracing the design, prick and pounce method of transfer, and placing the fabric into the stretcher bar frame: 1 hour

EMBROIDERY TIME

36 hours

BACKGROUND FABRIC USED

Smooth good quality 100% cotton muslin Fabric: Southern Belle

THREADS USED

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

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