Black backstitch on dog outline.
Split stitch on collar. Clear bead stitched on for collar loop.
French knot for eye.
Pencil color used for shading.
My sister Rikki Tikki Tavi commissioned me to stitch a black Labrador onto a tea towel for a dog owner gift.
New to embroidery, I stitched directly onto the towel but now experimenting with stitching on accent fabric and sewing it as an applique. Messy straight stitches used with fringed border instead of turning under the raw edges. Hopefully, the fabric won't unravel. Using the applique application allows you to stitch on tea towels that would otherwise not be appropriate for embroidery.
These tan and ecru check cotton weave towels found at Pier One.