Dobbin covers quite a bit of the canvas!

Once I’d done all the masses of what for want of a better term I am going to call long and short stitch, using blends of stranded cotton, I sat back and looked.

I’ve added some long stitches to the tail, using two differently coloured strands of stranded cotton twisted together. I’m not sure whether to add more of this, or even whether to leave it in, but I wanted to help emphasize the length of the tail, and this is one way to do it.

The conversation is very clear to see now, I think. The colours are similar, but not the same, the technique is the same, and there is a real sense that Dobbin and the dog (Polly the pointer?) are having a proper catch-up.

I wonder what they are talking about?

Actually, once I looked at the conversation as it stands, I thought there was a little still missing…

That’s better.

It’s nothing like the thickness the mane would truly have, but I think it gives just the right recollection of the shaggy long hair of Dobbin’s mane, and the blue cotton on the harness and the back of the saddle suggest sunlight on the leather.

He’s turned out much better than I feared!


  1. Sue Jones says:

    He’s a great success and is clearly reacting to the dog. Well done! What’s the next challenge?

  2. Lin says:

    Such good friends! Love his tail. xx

  3. It is looking fabulous. My son’s dog would never chat to a horse, just crazy barking.

  4. Karen says:

    I hadn’t noticed the lack of mane until you pointed it out! It’s looking really good now.

  5. Dobbin really stands out, especially his tail and mane.
    Yes, what could they be talking about? Maybe we should give them some privacy and not be Nosy Parkers.

  6. Dobbin is a delight, as is Polly. They are definitely having a good chat, and make a lovely counterpoint to the human conversation

  7. Carolyn Foley says:

    I love the addition to his main and tail it seems to add to his personality.

  8. Amanda says:

    Looking good, and I am, of course, over the moon he has a Pointer to chat to 😊