Bootsie Cross Stitch

As Christmas approached I asked Dad for gift requests. He told me he’d love a cross stitch of Bootsie. He knew it wouldn’t be received by Christmas, but he was just throwing it out there.

I got to work right after Christmas to have it done by his March 4 birthday. I found a cross stitch design program online and had the challenge of making an image that worked without getting a real sense of how big the piece might be. (The program isn’t very intuitive).

Because the program captures every detail, I used a portrait I had made by Lili DiPrima as the basis and to simplify puppy’s face, and went from there (and also I added her smirk)…

When I finished Bootsie’s sweet face it didn’t look done. I had painted the canvas green but it felt incomplete and she was just sort of floating around like a spector.

I thought about a leafy branch on either side, or a ring of vine framing her, but that didn’t seem quite right. So, I started putting large leaves around her, learning new stitches as I worked. Then I made sure to add plenty because I remembered a funny trait about Bootsie – she had to hide among the hostas and brush to go #2! Silly, shy girl.

The term my parents use for taking their dogs out to relieve themselves was “go spend a penny”. So once I added more big leaves and carefully painted in some blue on the green canvas to help the leaves blend in less, “Bootsie Spends a Penny” was complete.

Happy 80th birthday to my dad, Peter!

2 Replies to “Bootsie Cross Stitch”

  1. And what a wonderful present it is! I love it.
    ‘Spend a penny’ is an English expression, because they have (had?) public toilets where you had to insert a penny to open the stall door. Particularly appropriate if you have an English Sheep Dog.
    Dad, the birthday boy


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