WHAT MATERIALS DO YOU USE?
I use elbesee hoops which you can purchase from any local craft store or online. I then stain every single one with the preferred shade of my choice (gloves and patience required). I embroider all of my illustrations onto unbleached calico fabric as I love the imperfection of it, tiny seeds and all! However I am not against embroidering on linen or cotton as I know many great artists that love these fabrics. I then use one strand of DMC floss at a time to create intricate details.
WHAT STITCHES DO YOU USE and do you have any advice for beginners?
I prefer to think of my illustrations as paintings with thread, but I believe the stitches I use are long and short stitch. I don't claim in any way that my methods are the 'right' way to needle-paint as I am self taught. My advice for anyone wanting to start embroidery is to grab the materials and go for it! Don't spend ages dwelling on what to do, just embroider something you are really passionate about in your own individual style, good luck!
HOW LONG DOES EACH PIECE TAKE YOU?
Each piece has ranged from 12- 66 hours so far! Though generally 5" pet portraits take 13-18 hours - these have been timed exactly as I listen to audiobooks whilst I embroider, this makes its very easy to keep track on how long a piece is taking me. Even though a week or two can pass creating a portrait, its amazing to know how many hours each piece actually takes
DO YOU SELL PATTERNS?
Unfortunately, I do not sell any at this time
DO YOU TAKE CUSTOM ORDERS other than your pet portraits?
Unfortunately I am unable to accept any custom orders other than pet portraits at the moment. I like to keep my wildlife themed hoops as personal/free reign items.
CAN I POST ABOUT YOUR WORK ON MY WEBSITE OR BLOG?
Absolutely! Feel free to share away! All I ask is that you kindly credit me and my artwork
----Please do not recreate my work, everyone has their own style, please find yours----