New Doom Girl print , Black Hat.
I have transfered the design to muslin fabric. I used a Heat Transfer pencil.
Sorry for such a bad image. I basically stitched ( using the stem stitch) all the lines ( of the dog only) in a dark grey. I have started putting in the black shading for the area of the eyes and nose. For shading I am using a runnning stitch that creates a nice dot pattern.
At this point, the portrait can go either way, good or bad. I have been known for ripping out a lot of embroidery if I am not happy with it. Buttons face colors so far are black and dark grey. I am hoping to put in some warm colors. I having a bit of trouble seeing the personality in this piece. His face is so furry it’s hard to catch his expression.
Here is the subject for my embroidered portrait, Button. You can’t tell from this photo but Button is only about 8 pounds. He is a little guy.
This is the drawing I’ll base the portrait on. The image has been made a bit more graphic and with embroidery in mind, such as the shading is done with dots. Not everyone would approach a portrait like I do. Another technique is a embroidered painting. A embroidered painting is created by filling the whole image using embroidery floss as your “paint”. Or, you could make the image more graphic, heavily stylized or even flat. For me the challenge is to create a a portrait that captures the subject. I don’t want a image that is a picture of a terrier mix but a portrait of Button.
I Think a lot about how I want this piece to look as I make the drawing. I constantly ask myself, ” How will I represent the hair?” or, “How will I add the deepth, from light to dark, to this piece?”. I have certain techiques I use, such as outlining, dotted shading, and flat filling stitches and I try to keep them all in mind.
Above is my finished pattern. Even though it is pretty detailed it is still just for reference. As I stitch the design I am free to make changes.
Compare the photo, drawing, and the pattern. You’ll be able to see the differences. I try not make an exact copy of the original photograph, but my own personal interpretation. I’ve added flowers to this piece which will add color and I just like stitching flowers.
Here is some other embroidered dog portraits:
Some of my first needlework samples I ever posted where portraits of dogs.
I am a little dog crazy and these portraits where great fun.
I even got a commission to do the piece above. And, yes, that is the actual dog’s expression.
I have decided to try another dog portrait. This one will be of a dog named Button. Button is a terrier mix that was adopted from the Humane Society by friends of mine. I will post some of my steps I take to create a portait. Button will be the first hairy dog I have ever done. Wish me luck.
Someone in my Flickr group, Badbird Patterns, requested I do Maneki Neko, so I thought I would give it a try. Enjoy.