This is such a cute piece, I thought you'd enjoy seeing it. I stitched this a year or two ago for my sister-in-law. It was from a cross stitch chart, but I did it in needlepoint (natch!). The canvas is an 18-count overdye, kind of marbled. I used a variety of stitches and threads. The most fun was the mane & tail which are in a Watercolors overdye and I stitched them in sort of a cross between Long & Short and an Encroaching Gobelin. I love the way it turned out. I added some real feathers and tassels to finish it off.