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Hand Embroidery: Pet Portrait

Floor Giebels, Embroidery Artist

Hand Embroidery: Pet Portrait

Floor Giebels, Embroidery Artist

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11 Lessons (42m)
    • 1. Pet Portrait

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Tracing your picture

    • 4. Color guide

    • 5. Terrier dog nose

    • 6. Terrier dog layering and shading

    • 7. Terrier dog eyes

    • 8. Terrier dog ears

    • 9. Short hair dog shading

    • 10. Short hair dog nose and lips

    • 11. Class project

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About This Class

Stitch a portrait of your own or someone else's dog for a great gift!  

I remember looking at Instagram and seeing all those talented artists making amazing pet portraits with thread. I started learning the technique on my own and sharing it on my own Instagram, and soon enough I had people asking me for commissions. 

In this class we will go over the following:

  • What tools do you will need
  • How to trace your picture and how to transfer it to the fabric
  • How to pick out your colors and what contrasting colors you need
  • Shading techniques useful for portraits of long haired dogs and short haired dogs
  • How to do the details - the eyes, the nose.

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Floor Giebels

Embroidery Artist


Hi, my name is Floor and I'm a Dutch embroidery artist living in The Netherlands.

Originally from a design background, I found my artistic freedom and expression through the more traditional art of embroidery. Entirely self-taught, I started my journey in 2016 and am continually learning new skills and applying them to my work. I also like to explore the boundaries of traditional hand embroidery by creating some pieces as mixed media, to contrast and compliment the thread itself. 

I have found that embroidery has led me to explore the textures present in the world around me - living on the coast, the beautiful beaches, scenery and animals constantly offer me inspiration for new projects. One of my favorite topics to explore in my pieces is the interplay b... See full profile

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1. Pet Portrait: Hi, My name is Floor and I'm an aboard the artist from the Netherlands. I started with embroidery in 2016 and I was very inspired with all the important artists that I saw on Instagram. And mainly what everybody was doing on Instrument was indeed bet, portrait. I started giving it go with his guinea pig, and after that I just kept on going in this class, I'm going to focus on the most common one, and that is the dog. I'm going to show you how to sit two types of dogs, one dog with long hair and the Ottawa which showed her in my classes. We always go from the basic, So that means that you don't need any computer or drawing knowledge just enough confidence , like me in 2016 who had never picked up a needle but decided just go and state something out of nowhere. 2. Supplies : I'm going to show you what you need for these projects and everything that I use. You can always look at the project base and download the work shades. And there you find all the tools that you need wiggling to the Amazon US. As you can see, this is my set up for my embroidery. This is really a space that I created with the intention that it is nice for me to sit and stitch. So I really like this charity. Is is, um, sofa chair. It is. It's not a desk chair, so it's really low. And as you can see here, this is amount. This is actually one that is for the floor. But I cut it off and we mounted it on the tables. For me, it's important that is very stable. So I like to have the stable on, and this is my light. It's a daylight lamp. It has also a magnifying glass, so I can see everything very clear. I just realized I'm out of hoops in this size. So this is a group that I used to paint on, but for the class, I'm gonna use this one right now to embroider. This is a 12 centimeter hoop. I'm choosing this room because it's the right size for it not to be too big, but also not too small. I think general rule is the bigger the better. So if you wanna have a really detailed bet embroidery and you wanna have so many details in it and to really magnify it, it's better to go as big as you wanted to be. But remember, if you make it bigger, it's a lot more work. So you always keep that in mind. So when you see a hoop, you think like, oh, it is such a cool. It's a really nice size for hoop. If I make it is big, even a tiny bit bigger could make a lot of difference in the amount of time you're going to spend on it. So this is what I'm using, and I'm gonna mount that in here. To work on fabric is always a difficult one. This is poplin. These are two different types off public art online. It says that they're different. I can't really tell the difference that much, but my advice is to just go online or go to a fabric store and look for something that you like, something that has a nice texture, that it's Samoud that doesn't have any stretch and it is very tightly woven, and that is denies kind of white that you like. So it's difficult to say to advise. This is exactly the kind of fabric you need. It's good to just go online just by a little bit of pieces here and there and just see what you like. Maybe you're someone who likes linen. I don't like linen because it's too many. It's not. That's tightly woven. Lynn is also very expensive, and I use a lot of fabric my advisers to just go ahead and buy a lot of fabric and see what you like for the kneels I like to use. The John James ones not only aren't a such a good size, but they also come in is really keep package. We're gonna need a fine liner, a pencil for the tracing, a friction pin to drawing your fabric tracing paper and a leapt up RPC to use as a light box 3. Tracing your picture: I'm going to show you how to trace your image with the use of tracing paper and your laptop . First of all, this is my doc Indy. We adopted her about three months ago. She's originally from Romania, and we think she is around three years. I'm going to use her as my reference. I use my phone to make a picture of her. As you can see, the colors are a bit off, but I'm not going to use all my color reference based on the picture, because calls were always look difference with different lights. So use a couple pictures and different settings for the color and use one on Lee for the shape. Something is very essential in all of my employees. Work is tracing paper. I tried out many different brands, but I do find that just the cheapest option is the best, because you're going to need a lot. And I never noticed really any difference for the tracing. I use a pencil. This is a pencil for Fabrica Stell, but any pencil do actually, as long as you have a pencil and an eraser to erase the lines afterwards, and this is a pencil that has a really sharp tip. But again, any pencil will do for the final liner. Again, any fine liner will do whatever you're comfortable with. This is to hoop I'm using. This is actually hoop I used for painting, but it's really the size I want to use, and it's the only one I have left. So I'm just going to use this one for now. I'm gonna place my hoop over the image and see how big I want image to be at this point, the images too big. So I'm going to make the image smaller on my computer. This is the size that I want to have. It doesn't matter what kind of computer you have. You can always makes image smaller on your computer. It's good idea to use your border hoop as a template. She can see what kind of image you're gonna end up with. I'm now going to grab my tracing paper and place it over the laptop screen, and I'm gonna use my pencil to go over all the lines that I think are necessary and embroidery project. The first thing I'm going to do is to go over the prominent features of the dog's face starting with the nose. Another great thing about the tracing paper is that you can let the rest on your laptop so it doesn't matter if it moves. It's always the right size. And don't worry about damaging your laptop. If you do gently, you will not damage it at all. Focus on the prominent lining of the nose When you make your God, you have to think like it is embroidery. So what direction am I going to stitch in? And it is important to know if you need to have a dark color or a light color. And when is that color going to stop? If you look at the part above and knows he can see that there is a clear contrast within the hairs going up and the hairs going sideways. And here I see a change in color. So I'm going to make a line there, so I know that I need to stop with the color I'm using in that specific part for the longer hairs. I just use little stripes to know what direction I need to go in. I use more stripes if I want to make it clear that I need a contrast in color. In between. Here you see me highlighting the darker hairs. I'm now going to speed up the video and slow it down. Once we go over its racing the eyes with the eyes, it is important to trace the shape, the pupil, and the place where it hits delights is important to have the the little white specks in the same place because it can look out if one I has it in another direction does also goes for the pupil. Here you see a very clear change in direction. Off hairs. Now that I'm done, I'm going to I'd line it with fine liner. The reason we do this is that we want allies to be as clear as possible. When you are done, it's time to place the image on the window. Take your embroidery hoop and place. It flats against a window. I'm using my friction pen to go over the lines, so when I'm done, I can use a blow dryer and the lines will disappear 4. Color guide: collar guide in this part, we're going to talk about house and big collars and different tools. You can use a quick warning for the people with O City because this might be triggering. What I like to do is I buy lots of tread. Sometimes it's DMC and bulk from eBay. Uh, that is really cheap or some off Brent ones, and I also go to drift, shop and buy tread. Some people are amazing at keeping all the treads organized, but I am clearly not that kind of person. I do wish I was like that, but I just don't have that level of organization in me. What I usually do is I look at my picture and zoom in, and from the reference off that picture, I just my colors. I first look at the colors for the nose, and when I look at the nose, I see lots of brown. So I'm going to take lots of brown in cool colors and also warm colors. I just go in my box of treads and cut of the basis that I think I'm going to need. I usually take all the shades and I confined for the color I'm looking for. I also take shades in between. The colors are need. For instance, this is a shade between brown and gray. I can imagine that most people don't have a huge collection of tread and like the big out the color beforehand or a really good option is to buy the DMC collar book that we can buy to tragedy actually need. It's such a nice way to really look at the colors and see what works. I can highly recommend doing this. 5. Terrier dog nose: the first dog partnered. We're going to focus on the dog with the long hair that has lots of different color shadings. The first thing that we're going to do is the nose you can use two strands or once trends. Personally, I like to use one strand because she can get so much more detail and it will look way more realistic. I'm going to start with the nostril and I'm going in with my needle in the other stitch because split stitch and it is a statue will use almost all the time for the nostrum using black, because that is going to be the darkest part of the nose. The same goes for the underlining off the nose. After the underlining, I'm going to use dark gray going up above. And after that I'm going further up using a slightly lighter gray for the rest of the nose . To make it more realistic, I'm going to use a like great threat under the nostrils. This will give it more depths. On top of the nose is ready light hits. So I'm also using like Ray in that spot here. You see that I already did have off the face just so you can see how it's going to look and what I did to make it look like that. 6. Terrier dog layering and shading: so he already bent went over the nose have submitted. I'm not doing precisely as the picture. I also wanted to make it a bit different because where you see the lighting off my picture , it is very havi saturated. So it's like in this online and know exactly how delighting normally is. So I kind of wanted to have a little bit different than that. So you look at the picture, you'll see that we hear tiny bits off lighter pieces. She see that I'm keeping these markings I'm gonna hold myself onto does markings. Now, I am going to do with some part along a short stitch. Don't hold on to the long and short stitch because not always will be a long insured stitch . Because I love people ways. I was like, Oh, what kind of stages? It is a long and short stitch. No, always never going in with the dark brown to see that everything is actually just layering something that is also a good tip. Never what I almost never do as I almost never take threats out. If I don't like the end results, I stitch over it. So it every move I'm gonna tell you what why I'm doing this. So here. I wanna have still the brown, because in the picture, you can also see it. It there is still brown there. And he was really where the lighting, the light was falling on she here. I'm gonna go into, like, halo. I want to go in which a gray have a lie. Great. And a dark re first gonna use these are free. This is also a different technique that you can do stick with dark and fill the whole area with dark and then go over it with another color. So here, I'm just going to go in the other tripped. And here I go in the middle of the other. So now you see that I'm making a bit more of a curve because that is what we drawn here. So I'm gonna make a curve into all those stitches. So we're just gonna fill this in which his door color. Now that I filled everything with dark, I'm gonna highlight it to make, like, an extra contrast and to give it more life. Gonna go in with some lighter gray, Put it in between at the end we're going to use this one level out a bit further. Er so my base is really dark gray, and now I'm gonna go over it with dark. So you see, it's all about layering. So here, I'm gonna go in green ones over every strength of great there is a brown. And when I'm now going to do is I'm gonna use this one that I choose out and layered again . As you see here. I also did that. I'm gonna do that in the middle. So now I did all the stitches with lights color, and now you can really see that there is so much movement and how it looks now I'm gonna use the dark. I'm gonna go in first here, and I'm just going to go all the way up until this other point that we marks here and what I'm actually first going to do is I'm going to go over those lines that we made and make sure that those lines are covered and I can fill in the rest discolor. So you see that I now feel that entire space with brown and do you want to make the etches I want to make them more dark. I'm going to go in with his dog, Gray, and I'm gonna squeeze that again in between the other threats again. This is to make a subtle differences in the color. Here's where I wanted to make the difference, because here is where we got the whites. Now I'm gonna look at my picture. I'm going to see about a white starts on. The first gonna do is I'm just gonna fill that area with whites. Okay, so now this is white, but is right. But we want it also to have a little bit of dimension in here. And how we're going to create it is we're gonna take a light grade, so I'm going to go in at the ends and blended right in. But to be honest, if I'm now looking at it, I don't know if it has that much contrast. So I'm gonna look, if I have one shade darker and a miracle I do. This is one shade darker. So I'm going to take that one. I'm not gonna remove anything. I'm just gonna go right in. See, It's like one shade darker, and it doesn't make that much of a difference. But anyway, it does. The eye is really something that makes the piece in my pan. We're gonna do is we're gonna first frame it. But Black and this one I'm really looking at the reference picture to see how the ISA looks to start with a black outline. 7. Terrier dog eyes: the eye is really something that makes the piece in my pan We're gonna do is we're gonna first frame it but Black and this one I'm really looking at the reference picture to see how the ISA looked. Start with a black outline. Okay, So when I look at the eye and I look at the I in the picture, I can see that there's also a little bit off right on the side. So I'm going to take my done. Makes it a little bit visible on this side. I'm gonna take my white, white whites to hear I see really white coming in to know If you look at it, we can see that we need Tim Brown. So here I make relying the little dot for the black, and we're now going to go over that. Now I'm gonna go ahead and make the brown eye, but I'm losing for that is it's just a normal brown and then a light brown. It's a really good one. And trying to blend this what I said before, don't always look at your reference picture. Also looking to m border itself. What Looks good. You're just gonna make two strengths off two stitches and look at that. You know yourself all doing this is usually closed to the group pew Bill. I can make a little bit more here. This has also to do with your hands being sweaty. But if you're experiencing is no that it's normal. See? I don't know. I wanna have it more. 8. Terrier dog ears: So now we're just gonna repeat first go into it's a dark, and then we're gonna go over it with the golden brown. And again, I'm doing a bit different under reference picture. The hairs are going this way should that I really want to make saying. But what I'm now gonna do is I'm gonna frame It's with discolor because I also did it on the other side to make it a little bit Stand out more as an I. So here I'm gonna go in with the light brown and I just here to go on top off the threats because it does get given a difference. Look, if I go on top of the treads, then in between, if that makes sense a minute, we will also play around a little bit with the lights. So I'm gonna take some shots that are a bit lighter. Just so you have a little bit of a contrasts with the eyes and going up birds, so you can also just it doesn't matter if you're like Oh, no, I forgot about that. I forgot to do about that. Don't matter, because she can always go back and do it like I'm doing now going in would really a contrast one. And now I'm gonna use my brown after its I'm going in and do a little bit more shading. So never almost done. I'm gonna do the ears and then I'm just gonna do some things that I think need improvement that I already see it. So, uh, could do a little bit of a touch up already went in with a lighter color. Because when you have ears is always smooth years, always with a dog that always very smooth and soft. And when something is very smooth and soft, that means it has a high shine. And with this, you show that there is a shine. I'm not gonna put the finishing touches on it, but I think should could be improved. Thes ones are not long enough committees a little bit longer, but I also want to do is get myself a brown, this brown and I want to get rid off the white there. I don't think it's nice, and I just want to show you how easy it is to just make adjustments to your piece, because here I'm like, Nope, I'm not liking this. I could also do with a little bit of more eyeball black to here. I'm gonna try and make this rival bit bigger. You see the end result. In the end, I added some white hair and it's up. It is a bit different than the picture, but I love how the layering works out and the different colors. That's trying true. 9. Short hair dog shading: we are going to focus way more on the accuracy of the picture, and I'm also going to do it in a smaller version. So this version will be around eight centimeter. I'm not going into data on how to trace the image in this part. We're focusing on the shading parts. This is my best friend's dark shoo Sha. My friend is very excited about me giving her bet. Portrait. This talk is perfect for what I want to show. I really want to show you how to create that in a short her dog and showing that shine in a black. For this is the tracing image I created for the space. You can see how different it is from the last one and this piece of focusing more on the shapes and looking at the picture itself. You can see that all the parts that I had to make black I already made some black, so there's no other colors involves is just black. I left a space open between the head and the ear, and that's where I'm gonna show you how we're gonna do that shading in that transition. I'm using a dark grade to highlight the ears as you can see on the picture. So now you're always see that it gives illusion of shine I'm also gonna put a little bit off some lighter Great. Make it pop a little bit more. - First , I'm going to go over and do huge treads that are gonna go over. I'm gonna do that with medium gree. So now we have a nice little shine going on Derrick and I'm gonna go over to the eyes So I'm gonna go over all these on the side. I'm gonna use dark, dark gray and it's a great That is a bit to the bluish side, this for myself just to know kind of direction. I need to go. So this is how far I want to go with Dark Grey. Now, that is everything. Why, that has to be whites. And I did already, AJ, because I showed you ready in the are a video. How to do that? I What I did is I made everything playing What? There is no shading going on whatsoever, and I haven't done knows and this bit So what I'm now going to do is I'm gonna do shaving off your wife and I'm gonna do the nose and the lips. So the thing that I now did it is I made it vibrant and looked at the stench direction off the picture. So it's technique that I'm not gonna do is I'm gonna go in and shade it so instead off making a different kind of parts. I just made it a wide and I'm gonna go in and shaded. I'm gonna have my project back again and that I'm gonna fill the colors. I need 40 knows first. So this is what I'm gonna have for the rest, I'm seeing a lot of brown mix with what I have done. We have black and we're also gonna need some lighter brown to even out if I go to lips. That is also a dark brown is the same as no. So I'm going to use this dark also 40 for the lips. When I look a year, this is also ground. I noticed that I need also a lighter grace. Girls, you're gonna put some light of grace and 10. Short hair dog nose and lips: well, first thing that we're going to do with denounced chills just like to utter nostrils is we're gonna make it's black. It's that will be our darkest spark. - Now , if you look at the nose, you can see the the darkest part is always on the top. So in the middle, I'm going to take away lighter shake. Actually, emphasize on that light that is shining on the nose, maybe to light. So I'm gonna switch. This would agree. I also wanted to show you this process to see how I did sermons stuff. So how do I figure the color? You know, I try. And then if I see it's too bright, it's too light or a dozen work. I'll go back and I go over it with a different color. And now we're going in with a lighter shade to show the reflective lights off the nostrils . Where is reflective? That's really on the tip year. I wasn't. The lips are very brownish. I'm gonna There's more browned on white gonna fill this area now It would. Brown should not have done the mouth, but now I see that on the picture. There's also a line off whites underneath. So I'm first going to do that here. I'm going to go in with dark again because now it looks like with a little hair is good seeds and we definitely know that. So now I'm gonna go over again. Would it with the white Because I want to brown to shine true So I'm gonna layer it now it white because I am gonna use now, Gray, I'm just gonna do very shorts. Blue stitches. Okay, this is close, and I'm gonna get I think that there really is a realistic thing, but I'm not gonna do is I'm gonna make very short stitches go towards insured Hernandes, go towards the mouth, and I'm gonna do some shading but a great color and I'm gonna do next to the I. So it's a little bit like right next to the I, as you can see in the picture. And we're going to go in and shade that part. I'm just gonna follow the lines off the direction already made. I'm just gonna go right in there, and I do want to loosen up these bits because I do feel like it's a bit harsh. Just gonna make a row next to each other, so he gets illusion off a shadow. So where do we see more shadowy? She's shadow here, that's it. Ears. It's a little touches, but it can make a difference. Now. Here we really put in some shadow. Just I'm going to make a long last one. But it's also good to random shadows, and sometimes just so It's not one whites, um, substance, White block, because dogs are never really write our day. The last shading I want to do is on the neck. You can really see that what it does, the shading on the neck, how much that makes a difference. I love the end results. The shine. It's so pretty because it's smaller. It's a project. It does not take that much time, and it's not a difficult to do 11. Class project: for the Project section, I made a pdf that you can download and within a pdf you see this picture. These factors are great for tracing and using the same shading as in the picture. It is so much fun to give as a gift. When your friend has a husky or pug, I would love to see all the pet porches you made uploaded in the project section.