What Are You Stitching?
8th April 2022
The animal kingdom is rich with inspiration for our needles. We all have animals we adore, from dogs and cats to wolves and lions. Here are a few fabulous examples of stitchers who have taken their love of animals and translated them into beautiful stitching.
‘Here is a project inspired by Stumpwork Seasons by Kay & Michael Dennis.’
‘In the book, they wrote about using water soluble crayons to colour the background. I had such fun wetting and setting the coloured crayon marks. I designed my own little sheep and used various threads and materials to finish him. The sheep came out with a slightly worried look, but I enjoyed every minute of it.’
That is such a cute little sheep! Perhaps he/she looks more thoughtful than worried? We’re so glad you had such fun creating this piece Bunny. We love it.
‘I did this embroidery in memory of my beloved husky who recently died. The pattern came from an adult colouring book.’
We’re sorry to hear of your loss, Caroline, however you have certainly chosen an incredibly beautiful way to remember your beloved companion.
‘Here is my latest finished project. I couldn’t do my usual fine needlepoint embroidery as I have recently had another eye operation. So, I was looking for something I could do with multiple threads.’
‘I have been following Aja Trier, an artist from the USA, for some time now. She specialises in pet portraits with a Van Gogh style background. When I saw her German Shepherd, it was love at first sight.
Aja was so kind to give me permission to use her image and for that I want to say a big thank you. I really enjoyed doing this project as it is so different from my usual style, but it was not a strain on my eye.’
It’s a wonderful design, Elza and such a dynamic piece. You’ve also stitched it beautifully, even with your current limitations. You should be very proud.
‘I am passionate about embroidery and I especially love the art of threadpainting. I define my way of doing it as ‘interpretative’.’
‘I particularly love doing animal-themed embroideries, like this wolf.’
It’s a very striking image, Morena. You’ve done a wonderful job creating it and we’re glad you have found your passion.
Do you love stitching animals? Do you get passionate about memorialising a beloved pet, a favourite breed or a particular species with needle and thread? Or do you prefer to stitch more abstract subjects?
Whatever it is you like to stitch, we’d like to see it. Send us a picture of your work with a bit of information about the project and your stitching journey to firstname.lastname@example.org