Helen Richman combines her love for wildlife and embroidering in her work. Helen first draws her design onto tissue paper to tack it onto white felt, with the resultant tacking stitches becoming her guide. She then employs a hand embroidery technique called “silk shading” using stranded cotton threads. Each needle will have one strand and Helen will have up to 10 needles being used at the same time. She then builds up the texture and colour of the fur slowly, creating a few stitches at a time.