Finishing the Frolicking Calf

Finished the Background
Finished the Background

I ran the embellisher over the whole thing, to knock back the colours and the stitches a little, and tugged at the fabric to even it out. Then it was on to the calf, cut out separately and given darker patches on his back and legs. I’ve attached him using single-needle needlefelting, by hand. His ear is sharpened with a twisted chain stitch, his eye is a tiny chain stitch and his hooves are straight stitches.

Finished Frolic
Finished Frolic

I intend to cut an irregular shape and attach it to a padded wool felt background stretched over a frame, as I did with the Two Princesses. I mustn’t forget to sign it at that point!


  1. Sue Jones says:

    Such a happy little calf! You already know that I am not over keen on the look of embellishing, and there are rather obvious columns of pinpricks on the plain blue background. (Maybe they will become less obvious when the piece is handled more in the cutting and finishing process?) But you have used a delightfully light touch on the flowers and on the calf. The stitches on the flowers are still clear, and the calf is absolutely perfect. What a charming piece!

  2. Dima says:

    So cute!

  3. Lady Fi says:

    What a joyful calf with flowers! Very nice.

  4. Carolyn Foley says:

    That calf sure is frolicking, just love him.

  5. Lin Tarrant says:

    A charming piece Rachel – just enough detail on the calf to bring him alive. Lovely. xx

  6. Meredithe says:

    Well done you! One happy calf.

  7. I wish I were a frolicking calf! He seems to have so much fun.

  8. Jen says:

    The calf makes me smile and lifts my spirits. he does seem so light-hearted and joyful.

  9. Karen says:

    So cute! He could be Ferdinand’s cousin with his playful spirit and love of flowers!