‘Protection’ original textile artwork



When I think of the stag and the rowan tree the word ‘protection’ comes to my mind, and this is why I have combined the two in this textile artwork. They are both native to Ireland and represent the wild untameable spirit of our beautiful country. I imagine the mighty stag protecting his herd, standing guard on a misty morning, and rowan berries have been used as a protection charm for centuries by the country folk. Add a little protection to your home with this beautiful artwork!  They are part of a collection of four artworks each including a native wild animal and tree; badger, hare, squirrel and stag. The stag also features in my christmas card collection this year.


This piece of textile art is created using a technique called ‘free motion embroidery’, or ‘thread painting’. I create an underpainting in acrylics of the animal onto cotton fabric, which I then stitch over using my sewing machine and lots of coloured threads. The textile artwork is then built up through layers of thread, using lights and darks, to create a realistic portrait of the animal. As with all my textile art, I am particularly drawn to the eyes as this is where I feel the animal comes to life. To do this I use many tiny stitches. I then carefully cut around the animal and applique / stitch it to my chosen background. I do the same thing with the trees.


  • Picture size: 8 inch x 8 inch
    Picture with frame: 13 inch x 13 inch
  • Materials: fabric, cotton thread, wooden frame handmade in Ireland

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Dimensions 33.5 × 33.5 cm

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