Below is the Work in Progess pictures of a Robin on Blossom Branch worked in the method of Needle painting.

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1: Design Drawn onto the Fabric

2: Tail Feathers

5: Breast

6: Wing Feathers

Close up of the Wings

Close Tail Feathers, Feet and Grass

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The Robin on Blossom Branch will to be taught as a four 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 Robin on Blossom Branch 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 10 inch by 12 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. First I draw the robin design onto the fabric using the Prick and Pounce Method.

  1. I begin by working the branch to the right of the right foot and then the leaves and blossoms at the end of the branch.

  2. Next I work the tail feathers of the robin that are behind the branch.

  3. I then work the branch that comes above the tail feathers and the remainder of the leaves and blossoms.

  4. Next I work the feet and then the first row of long and short stitch on the breast of the bird.

3: Branch, Leaves and Blossoms

4: Feet and Breast

  1. I then work the remainder of the breast in rows of long and short stitch.

  2. Next I work the wing feathers of the bird.

  3. The I work the back of the head in long and short stitch.

  4. I finish the head 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. I also work additional vein lines on the leaves in rusty brown for added colour.

7: Head

8: Finished Embroidery


Height: 3 3/4 inches (9 1/2 cm)     Width: 5 1/4 inches (13 1/2 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


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

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