Below is the Work in Progess pictures of a Red Fox.

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1: Design Drawn onto the Fabric

2: Throat

5: Forehead and side of the Face

8: Finishing off the Head

9: Nose, Whiskers and Definition Stitches

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The Red Fox will to be taught as a two day class for National EGA Seminar 2007, That Needlin' Town, September 2 - 8, 2007 The seminar will be held at the Marriott Hotel in Chicago, Illinois. You can register to take the class at the following website: Embroiderers Guild of America

The fox will be also taught as a two day class in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada for EAC seminar May 20 -25th, 2008, for more information see the EAC website.

The Fox 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 embroidery is worked on a 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.

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.

  1. First I draw the Red Fox design onto the fabric using the Prick and Pounce Method.

  2. I begin by working the throat of the Fox in rows of long and short stitch using three shades of DMC grey embroidery floss.

  3. Next I work the neck and the back of the head of the fox in rows of long and short stitch using four shades of brown DMC floss.

  4. I then work the behind ear and then the front ear in long and short stitch in a range of brown DMC floss's

3: Neck and the Back of the Head

4: Ears

  1. Next I work the forehead and side of the face in long and short stitch.

  2. I then work the eye in satin stitch.

  3. I then work the pupil of the eye in satin stitch and then work below the eye in long and short stitch.

6: Eye

7: Pupil and Below the Eye

  1. I complete the front part of the face in long and short stitch.

  2. The nose is worked in satin stitch and then a split stitch line is worked along the mouth. For the finishing touches I add a glint in the eye with a couple of satin stitches, I also add small defining stitches in the nuzzle  and then work whiskers out of the defining stitches in two strands of dolls hair.


Height: 3 1/2 inches (8 3/4 cm)     Width: 3 3/4 inches (9 1/4 cm)


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


32 hours


Smooth good quality 100% cotton muslin Fabric: Southern Belle


13 shades of DMC embroidery floss, using one strand in the needle at one time. Dolls hair for the whiskers.

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