Below is the Work in Progess pictures of two King Charles Cavalier Spaniels worked in the method of Needle painting.

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Photograph of Spaniels:

Charlie and Riley


Stage 1: Painting on the Outline


Stage 2: Chest and Paw


Stage 3: Front Feet and Legs


Stage 4: Chest


Stage 5 and 6: Chest of the right dog and tail and underneath leg of the left dog


Stage 7: Left hind leg and above the underneath leg of the left dog


Stage 8: Front legs of the left dog


Stage 9: Front legs and Chest of the left dog


Stage 10: Chest of the left dog


Stage 11: Chest of the left dog


Stage 12: Ears and side of head of the right dog


Stages 13 and 14: Face of the right dog and ears  of the left dog


Finished Spaniels

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The Spaniels are worked in the method of needle painting which is the blending of straight long and short stitches using different shades of DMC floss.

Charlie and Riley are King Charles Cavalier Spaniels one is two years old and the other is ten months old and have been commissioned to be stitched as a pair in the technique of needle painting.


The photograph of the spaniels is enlarged to 6 1/2 inches by 8 3/4 inches, the outline of the design is traced onto velum tracing paper and then the design is transferred onto the fabric using the prick and pounce method, the design is hand painted onto the silk fabric using white acrylic paint.

The embroidery is worked in a 17 inch by 15 inch stretcher bar frame. The silk fabric is backed with muslin fabric for support and the two fabrics are pinned together onto the stretcher bar frame so that the fabric is drum tight.

The embroidery is worked from the background to the foreground so that a dimensional picture is created. I begin with the chest of the right hand dog as he is slightly behind the other spaniel, the chest is also worked first as it is behind the feet of the dog. The fur is worked in long and short stitch.

A split stitch line is then worked around the left paw and I begin the paw at the front working towards the chest. I stitch the long and short stitch of the fur so that it looks like real fur in the direction in which is lays and how each hair lays on top of one another. The split stitch line is covered and gives the edge of the foot a smoother appearance.

Both paws are worked from front of the foot to the back of the leg in long and short stitch in white and off white shades of floss, the long and short stitch is then worked up the chest of the dog to the chin.

I could continue with the right hand dog until he is complete but I prefer to work the body of the left dog while I am in the swing of working in the white shades for the body.

I begin on the left dog with the tail as it is the most behind area working from the tip of the tail to the bottom off the dog. I then work the underneath leg working from the foot and under the belly.

I work the left hind leg of the left dog working from the tip of the pay to the top of the haunch, I work the leg in rows to the top of the leg.

The front legs of the left dog are worked slightly differently starting at the tip of the paws, working the paw and then up the sides of the leg to establish the angle of the fur which is diagonal on the sides of the legs but will be straight up the leg in the center.

The center of the legs are worked in long and short stitch is worked across the chest of the dog.

The ears and the side of the the face of the right dog are worked before the left dog as the head of the right dog is slightly behind the head of the left dog, the ears are worked from the tip of the ears to the top of the head. The white face of the right dog is then worked from the top of the head down to the nose and from the chin and up the sides of the face to the nose.

The ears and face of the left dog are worked in the same method as the right dog.

The eyes and nose of each dog is worked in satin stitch with highlighting stitches to portray the reflections on the eye balls and the nose caused by moisture.

Finally whiskers are worked on the jowls of each dog using a fine silk thread and some finishing stitches are worked on the feet to make the toes stand out.


Height: 6 1/2 inches (17 cm)     Width: 8 3/4 inches (23 cm)


Tracing the dogs, prick and pounce method of transfer, painting on the design and placing the fabric into the stretcher bar frame: 5 hours


110 hours


Blue duppionni silk fabric, smooth with few slubs.


6 shades of white DMC embroidery floss and 7 shades of brown DMC floss, fine silk thread, using one strand in the needle at one time.


Stage 2.                                                       Stage 3.


Stage 4.                                                       Stage 5.


Stage 6.

Stage 7.                                                       Stage 8.


   Stage 9.                                                    Stage 10.


Stage 11.                                                    Stage 12.


Stage 13.                                                    Stage 14.


Spaniels Faces


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