Bailey - I'm Just lovable!
Bailey – I’m Just lovable!

Bailey a tricoloured border collie , and a much loved pet was the inspiration for a new blanket by Chris.

Embroidered in 2 ply and 1 ply wool with all the swirls of the fur on the dog taken into consideration in the stitching.

The face  sewn in the finer wool highlights the features and shows the character of this cutie pie.

Jasper’s Nearly Done

Jasper Feb 15Jasper has achieved his back coat and leg, and very fine he is looking too. The paws look very smart.

Apply the same techniques  we used  in the previous posts of Jasper’s story to embroider the remaining areas.

This is not the end for Jasper…he is looking very neat. His unique character and individual charisma remain to be portrayed; a finishing touch, an occasional flourish to be added. In other words, his fluffy bits are still to be tweaked.

Watch for Jasper’s finale, brushed up and beautiful.

Jasper’s Body

Jasper's Body

Now that the neck has been embroidered, the twists and turns of the fur are evident.

Look at the chest in Jasper’s portrait. Find the area that stands out the most. It is the lightest area on another frill.

Embroider the lightest-toned areas first, then the darkest and fill in between with the medium tones.

Always refer back to the portrait for guidance on tone and angle of fur.


Jasper’s Ears, Jowls & Neck

Let’s look at the jowls area and under the ears.  Jasper's Forehead Part 3

This area is very dark compared to other tones in the picture. Refer to   Jasper’s portrait.

With darkest thread tone, embroider with the angles of the stitch following the direction of the fur.Scissors rotated left

A clue here is to ask yourself which way does the fur sit naturally.

Which way would you pat the dog? This is how you stitch the fur.

If you could put your hand on this embroidery and stroke this dog, would you be able to brush the fur smoothly or rub against the angle of your stitches to rub him up the wrong way.

Note the ears

Begin with the  lightest areas. In this case the edge was done first but with two different angles, one layering over the other.

Sections of darker tones were then incorporated into their places. Blend each tone into the other.

Scissors rotated leftRemember this is a picture and we are not painting by numbers.

Jasper’s Forehead Part 2

Jaspers Forehead Part 2With the original Jasper’s portrait as a guide, continue embroidering  the other side of Jasper’s forehead with long and short stitch again taking care to follow the angle of the fur.

  1. Take careful notice of the shape of the light areas as opposed to the dark.

Jasper's Forehead Part 3ScissorsThe success of this picture depends on the values of tonal colors. i.e the depth of color in each strand of wool.Scissors

Jasper's Eyes

I stress to my students continually that you can’t see light without dark. Sometimes embroidery looks flat. Add a dark thread and as if by magic, the piece springs to life.

This principle works conversely. With light added to Jasper’s eyes around the bottom eyelids and highlights in the eyes, suddenly, Jasper is alive.