Below is the Work in Progess pictures of a Wild Rabbit worked in the method of Needle painting.

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1: Dandelion Leaves

2: Body

5: Face

Enlargment of Head

Enlargement of Wild Grass

Enlargement of Dandelions

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The Wild Rabbit 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 used one strand of DMC floss in the needle at the time.

  1. The dandelion leaves are worked first as they are underneath the bottom of the rabbit. The dandelions are outlined in split stitch and then the leaves are worked in satin stitch covering the split stitch line. The veins on the leaves are worked in stem stitch.

  2. The body of the rabbit is outlined up to the top of the left ear in split stitch. The body is worked in rows of long and short stitch across the body starting at the bottom of the body working up to the top.

  3. A split stitch line is worked around the left leg and the the leg is worked in rows of long and short stitch. The behind ear, the neck and the forehead are worked in rows of long and short stitch.

  4. The front ear is worked in satin stitch and long and short stitch and then the eye is outlined in split stitch and worked in satin stitch.

3: Left Leg, Back Ear, Neck and Forehead

4: Front Ear and Eye

  1. The face is worked in long and short stitch.

  2. The face is completed in long and short stitch and then the remainder of the back is worked. The eye is finished of with a couple of satin stitches in light brown as a glint where the light catches.

  3. To finish off the rabbit some shorter stitches in light brown are added to the body of the rabbit to represent tufts of fur. Whiskers are added to the face. The wild grass and grass are worked in long split stitch. The dandelion flowers are worked in satin stitch and the stems worked in stem stitch.

6: Face and Back

 7: Finishing Touches to the Rabbit. Wild Grass and Dandelions


Height: 5 3/4 inches (14 cm)     Width: 4 1/4 inches (10 3/4 cm)


Tracing the design, prick and pounce method of transfer, drawing on the design and placing the fabric into the stretcher bar frame: 2 hours


32 hours


Smooth good quality 100% cotton muslin Fabric: Southern Belle


15 shades of DMC embroidery floss, using one strand in the needle at one time. Gutterman's 100% Cotton Thread for Whiskers.

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