Friday, March 21, 2014

This week, I also find myself inspired by Needlepainting – a gorgeous, detailed, and intensive method of embroidery, often done with 1 strand of embroidery floss at a time! For some excellent background information, I recommend Mary Corbet‘s page on Needlepainting.

The gorgeous example below was found on Black Hen Studio and was stitched with DMC floss. I am in awe of the detail on this work in progress, and the beautiful sheen you can accomplish working with just a few strands at a time.

Portrait of a Hen on Black Hen Studio Portrait of a Hen on Black Hen Studio

Another gorgeous example of Needlepainting is this beagle portrait by Leslie Anne Pease, found on Pinterest. Leslie stitched her image using 1 strand of DMC floss – for more details on her process, visit her blog.

Beagle by Leslie Anne Pease Beagle by Leslie Anne Pease


Needlework designer Trish Burr has put together some gorgeous Needlepainting lessons – this bird and flower lesson are my personal favorite. Trish also put together some beautiful DMC floss thread packs for her lessons – I absolutely adore her color choices!


Have you tried needlepainting? Do you have any favorite tricks or tips on this technique? Please share in the comments!


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  • Elza Bester.
    March 21st, 2014 10:02 am

    I am absolutely passionate about needle painting. I started about 5 years ago in all seriousness. I love the freestyle aspect about it. Altough I use a variety of threads from sewing machine embroidery thread, metallic, DMC stranded cotton makes up the bulk of the threads.
    My tips would be when doing feathers, leaves or a big area, use pilot stitches to determine the way the stitches should lie. Then fill in the rest. That way you stitching will be more even.
    Another is to start with the darkest colours first. If there are a few places that will require just a few stitches, do them first or that area might get lost between the other colours. For eyes use a bit of silver metallic it gives the eyes life.
    I always put a thin voile fabric at the back the add more strength and body to the embroidery.
    That is just a few of the things I do. Here is a link to a Waxwing I did. The original painting is by Roby Baer avery good friend of mine.
    Kind regards, Elza Bester Cape Town.

  • Leslie Anne Pease
    March 22nd, 2014 5:48 am

    I am so flattered you shared my work and included me with the other wonderful thread artists.

    I really had fun doing my thread paintings. DMC’s quality is the best on the market and the palette of colors is tremendous. Not just a floss for crafting!

    Thank you very much, Emma.

    Leslie Anne

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