Once again, here is my Leigh Designs canvas of the Miami Gold Digger, with the little dog I plan to needle paint. Note that the animal is semi-realistic and that it isn't too large. For your first needle painting attempt, you probably should start small. This canvas is 18 count and the dog itself is approximately two inches tall and a bit over three inches long at its widest point.
Once you have picked a canvas with an animal you want to needle paint, then it is time to take a careful look at the canvas and start planning. The best way to do this is to copy the canvas animal in black and white.
|Black and White Copy|
I am going to use stem stitches for the bulk of the dog's body, with a few straight and slanting lines where needed. To help me keep the fur look accurate, I drew pencil lines on my black and white copy of the part of my canvas with the dog. You do this by imagining that you are petting or brushing the fur with the pencil. If you use a pencil, you can erase and redraw the lines until you are satisfied. This is what I ended up with. Note that my marks are in blue ink so they are visible to you.
|Lines to Guide Stem Stitches|
Note that things change as you stitch. You may not end up with fur that flows exactly this way but at least you have a plan. Next time we'll talk about the various areas I stitched and how my plan changed over time.
Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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