Below is the Work in Progess pictures of an American Robin worked in the method of Needle painting.

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1: Design Drawn onto the Fabric

2: Legs and Chest

5: Back of the Neck

Close up of the Head

Close up of the Wings

Close up of the Tail Feathers, Feet and Grass

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The Robin will be 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 Robin 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 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.


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 robin design onto the fabric using the Prick and Pounce Method.

  2. I begin by working the feet and legs of the robin in split stitch, I then work the chest of the Robin in two rows of long and short stitch.

  3. Next I work the tail feathers of the robin in satin stitch.

  4. I then work the wing feathers of the robin in long split stitch and satin stitch.

3: Tail Feathers

4: Wing Feathers

  1. Next I work the back of the birds neck in rows of long and short stitch.

  2. I then work the head of the bird in rows of long and short stitch working from the outside edge of the head in towards the center.

  3. I then work the beak and eye in satin stitch. I work a couple of stitches in a light shade in the eye as a reflection and outline the eye in couching, to create a rim to the eye. The grass is then worked in split stitch.

6: Head

7: Finished Embroidery


Height: 3 1/2 inches (9 cm)     Width: 2 1/2 inches (6 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.

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