Pet Portraits

I got seriously into this when lockdown started. I made the hare cushion for charity from scraps. I really enjoyed doing it. It absolutely felt like playing with the sewing machine,

In the first few weeks of lockdown, I felt the urge to make things for gifts. One of the items was the bee cushion, a present for a birthday I had missed.

After really getting into drawing with thread, I did Otis for my friend and soon I was hooked on making pet portraits from thread and fabric.

Stan was a lot of fun as he has so much personality in his face. Note I haven’t even tried my plain black labrador – yet.

Just to prove I can do more than Heinz 57 dogs, here is the very handsome Ralph.

The pictures are made as if I was using paint. I slowly build up the colours and tones. I use a range of stitches and mix thread colours. The images take me a long time, as they are detailed plus I have a terrible habit of over working them. Of course, stopping to re-thread the machine with different colours every five minutes also adds to the time!

Cooper the Cockerpoo
Steve Cat

My facebook page has more details if you are interested in commissioning a pet portrait for yourself or a gift.