Our friend Katie’s Yorkie, Teddy, travels everywhere with her and, by extension, us. So, for Katie’s recent birthday, I thought she needed something Yorkie themed, but I couldn’t find anything that captured the essence of Teddy. I knew I had to do something about that.
Having embroidered some decorative lines on pillow cases once before, I felt totally equipped for this undertaking.
First, I online stalked Katie’s Facebook photos to find the perfect image. I needed a photo with good lighting so I could trace as much of Teddy as possible (his outline, facial features, variations of fur, etc). Freestyle drawing seemed like an unnecessary challenge to add.
These were my tools: an embroidery hoop, white kitchen towel, scissors, erasable pen, embroidery needles, and the perfect colors of embroidery thread.
I chose two colors for the outline of Teddy’s body – gold and black – along with silver for his furry details and pink for his tongue that always sticks out.
Using an erasable pen, I traced the outline of Teddy by holding the towel up to my computer screen, and then got to work.
Katie was thrilled with the results and immediately requested a set of 12. After a gentle reminder of her would-be age when the collection finished, she quickly decided one would be enough.