The Red Fox – working his chin

Working the chin of a fox in long and short stitch
Working the chin on my little red fox is proving a little difficult! Find out why, and have a look at my progress on this little guy.

Stitch direction problems

This is by far the most difficult piece of silk shading I have ever attempted, and I am struggling somewhat with the rather large changes in direction of the fox’s fur around his neck. I can see in my head what it should look like, but this is a lot more difficult than I thought it would be! And I was worrying about his eye! At the moment that is the least of my worries, but of course that could change at any point in time.

The first of these parts at the base of his neck was a little difficult, but I managed to get it to a point where I was reasonably happy with it.


Working small stitches in long and short stitch


The second of these sections however was a tad more difficult! I’m still not convinced it is right, but I will move on, and if necessary, back track at that point when I realise it is just not going to work!

Working silk shading on a small area


Working the chin

Stitching the underside of his chin was actually a  lot easier than I thought it would be, and it worked up quite quickly! The main point here was to get the stitch direction correct, which meant the stitches were worked close together at the base, and further apart at the top, as they have quite a slope on them. However as the subsequent rows were worked in, the gaps were filled in nicely.

This is slow work, especially when I unstitch more than I stitch, but I am getting closer, and I am hoping, nearing the end of those difficult changes in direction!

Working the chin of a fox in long and short stitch

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22 thoughts on “The Red Fox – working his chin”

    1. Thanks Kathleen. It is just difficult when you have a particular image in your mind of what it should look like! But you are tight, I’m sure once I haven’t looked at it so intensely I won’t see the faults I see now.

  1. I think you are doing a marvellous job and this beautiful fox is coming along very well indeed, and don’t fret too much about the eye just take your time … hopefully it will turn out to be easier than you think.

  2. This Fox is perfect for my new grandchild’s nursery, and he is turning out quite well you are very talented, can you tell me where can I get this pattern or kit. Thank you

    1. Thanks so much Mary! It is a really lovely fox, so cute! This is a design by Tanja Berlin in Canada. She has great instructions. I did one of the online courses she did, but even without that her instructions were brilliant. If you need anything else let me know! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your encouragement!

    1. Hi Heidi. All my blog posts on working the fox can be found here. I think you will find the parts you are after on pages 2 and 3. Let me know if you need anything else or I can help you in any other way!

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