CAT PORTRAITS: If you would like a portrait of your cat, simply mail me or email me several pictures of your cat and I can choose the best picture and give you a quote for the cost of the embroidery. If you decide that you are not interested in an embroidery I will return your pictures at no charge. My cat portraits are worked in hand embroidery using a single strand of DMC floss in the needle at one time, typically a range of 12 - 20 different coloured threads are used in the whole embroidery. The portrait is worked in long and short stitches, thousands of stitches are worked in the same direction and colour as the fur of the animal that I am working. The stitches catch the light giving the animals fur a glossy look as in nature.

A portrait begins at $650 Canadian dollars for a 4 inch by 4 inch embroidery.

$950 Canadian dollars for a 5 inch by 5 inch embroidery.

$1260 Canadian dollars for a 6 inch by 6 inch embroidery.

$1568 Canadian dollars for a 7 inch by 7 inch embroidery.

Below are some examples of commissions of peoples' pets that I have embroidered from every day photographs. Compare the photograph to the embroidery. If you are looking for a portrait of your cat this is the most realistic medium to capture the lifelikeness of your cat.

To discuss a commission please Contact me there is no obligation or commitment on your part.

Please visit the Needle Painting kits webpage to see animals, birds and flower designs that you can work.

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Photograph of Smokey

Embroidery of Smokey

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Smokey is a Siamese cat with aqua coloured eyes. Smokey's fur has been worked in a long and short stitch. The inside of his ears are worked in small long and short stitch. It is important to make these stitches smooth in contrast to the longer fur on his head and neck. Smokey's right eye has a shadow cast over the top half and it is important to embroider the eye in two different colour blues so that his eyes are as realistic as possible.

The Siamese cat is featured in the A-Z of Thread Painting Book by Country Bumpkin Publications and is an advanced project. The book can be purchased from my Books page of my website. I also offer beginners to advanced kits in the Needle Painting technique and suggest you try one of my beginners needle painting kits prior to trying the Siamese cat design as the instruction booklet with my beginners kits are very comprehensive enabling you to get a good foundation in the technique.


Height: 4 1/4 inches (10 1/2 cm)     Width: 4 3/4 inches (11 3/4 cm)


45 Hours


20 Different coloured DMC floss


Green cotton fabric


Photograph of Cat

Embroidery of Cat

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The cat commission was worked in the technique of Needle painting.

Hundreds of long and short straight stitches are worked to make the full white mane of the cat, shorter long and short straight stitches are worked for the face of the cat.

To see work in progress pictures of the cat click here.

I offer beginners to advanced kits in the Needle Painting technique.


Height: 4 1/2 inches (11 1/4 cm)     Width: 4 1/2 inches (11 1/4 cm)


2 hours


49 Hours


Mounting the embroidery on to acid free board: 2 hours


Grey/green mixed fibre fabric with the surface texture of fine soft suede.


22 shades of embroidery floss used:

Letters To Jennifer




Photograph of Siamese Cats


Embroidery of Siamese Cats

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Oliver and Maudie

Oliver and Maudie, Siamese cats have been commissioned by Sharon Gray to be worked as a cover picture for the book she is putting together, the following explains the reason for writing the book, the book will benefit cancer research.

Sadly Jennifer has left us now. Jennifer and all those who have suffered from Cancer are in our hearts.

The book is now available at McNally Robinson bookstores this would make a great gift and 20% of the book sales profits will be donated to Cancer Research and/or other cancer related organizations, be sure to pick up a copy at you local McNally Robinson bookstore.

  • Book Title: Letters To Jennifer

  • Author: Oliver and Maudie Gray, Sharon Gray

  • ISBN: 0-9686942-2-5

  • Publisher: Avililo Press, Po Box 897, Teulon, Manitoba, R0C 3B0, Canada

  • Book details: Paper back, 90 pages, 8 inch by 6 inch.

  • Price: $16.95


In the early eighties, I met Jennifer and we became friends.

The first time she came to my home she met Basil and Sage, my two Siamese cats.  She looked at them and said, "I am a dog person."

Over time she accepted them, particularly Basil.  They frequently shared taco flavoured chips on the kitchen floor.

She move away, met Ted and married him.  Ted was living with two gentlemen cats, Norman and Charlie.  Of course, she became a "cat person."

We remained friends. Over time we became employees of the same company and Jennifer was my supervisor, living in another city.  I was now living with Oliver and Maudie, two Siamese cats.  At this time I was experiencing health difficulties and I ask her if she would care for Oliver and Maudie if anything happened to me.  She said that she would be delighted.

Whenever we met, she would ask:  "How are my niece and nephew?"  Those who heard this would not realize that we were discussing two very spoiled cats.

In October 1999, Jennifer was diagnosed with breast cancer and had one breast removed and started on a journey of chemotherapy and radiation treatment.  Christmas that year, a parcel arrived with Christmas presents for Oliver and Maudie from "Auntie Jennifer".  I was overwhelmed by this kind, thoughtful act.  Of course, they had to write a letter of thank you.

She told me that she really enjoyed the Christmas thank you letter.  Ergo, the first of more than thirty Letters to Jennifer from Oliver and Maudie.

The letters were a non-threatening, non- invasive way of keeping in touch with her during this difficult time.  A letter was written for each treatment that she received.  In humour, Oliver and Maudie describe their lives - living with Lip (live in person), their neighbours, events and generally their philosophy on life.  Often, Jennifer said that she enjoyed the letters and although she did not look forward to treatments, she anticipated that a letter from Oliver and Maudie would be coming shortly after.

Jennifer - and others who have read them - urged that the letters be published and for her they will be.  Twenty percent of any profits will be given to Cancer Research.

I offer beginners to advanced kits in the Needle Painting technique.


Height: 4 inches (10 cm)     Width: 4 inches (10 cm)


57 hours


14 shades of DMC floss.


Bone white Thai silk, painted with silk fabric paints.

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