Finishing the Hounds

Outlines Done
Outlines Done

The next task was to work the outlines and the ground.

Each hound is outlined in a contrasting colour, as is each leaf shape.

The outline colour is also used for the little details – mouth, eyes, ears, and at the point at which I took this photo, I’d stitched all the ground (in twisted chain, which I don’t think is at all historically accurate, but it was fun!) but not yet outlined the tree trunks.

More Variations
More Variations

This photo gives a sense of the effect of the chocolate brown outlines around the green trunks, and affords you a nice close up of the leash on the front hound, worked in cable chain stitch, very small and neat. This is another one where I doubt the historical accuracy, but I was so pleased to find myself thinking up ideas like that I was in no mood to spoil the fun.

I don’t usually go in for such overheated ideas as New Year Resolutions, working on the principle that if I want to change something, I don’t hang around waiting for the new year to do so. However, stitching the hounds has given me something a bit like one – I need to go back to my first love, to the effects of stitch and thread, and the use of them to denote the textures or the ideas I want to convey. Let’s see how that pans out!

Highlights And All
Highlights And All

I give you The Three Wise Hounds, design by Tanya Bentham, stitched by me. I didn’t quite finished them by Twelfth Night, but since Epiphanytide lasts until Candlemas, on the second of February, I think I can get away with it!


  1. Dima says:

    They look great! I love the silhouette and bright colors

  2. Lady Fi says:

    They look wonderful!

  3. Jen Mullen says:

    Ooooh! Love the hounds!

  4. Lin says:

    A very beautifuly stitched piece Rachel. xx

  5. Chitra says:

    very beautiful work indeed. i like the idea- the effects of stitch and thread and the use of them to denote textures. Brilliant!

  6. Sue Jones says:

    Very fine hounds they are! The outlines bring them out beautifully and I like your choice of texture stitches, adding a little extra interest to what would otherwise be very plain lines.

    Now, I hope someone will unhook those leads and take your patient hounds out for walkies.

  7. I just sit here and drool over your beautiful work. The outline defines the figures so beautifully.

  8. Carolyn Foley says:

    That looks beautiful. I can hear them barking.

  9. Catherine says:

    They look wonderful! The outlining really brings them to life, and they sound like a really enjoyable project, even if they may not be 100% historically accurate.

  10. Meredithe says:

    Yay! Well done you. I think it looks great – love the stitching effects