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Fern and Thistle Co. create hand embroidered Detailed Pet Portraits working with you to capture all your pet’s little details in thread.


You can choose either a plain portrait with the pet’s name or include custom embellishment detail for an additional cost.


Once the portrait has been accepted, we will work together to settle on design and colours before stitching begins. You will also have final sign off before the portrait is sent out. Portraits are hand embroidered using six stranded cotton embroidery thread on cotton drill. They are backed with calico and felt and mounted on either stained wooden hoops, or naked hoops finished with wood wax to ensure a polished look on your wall. Each piece is then backed with felt for protection.

Can you embroider my goat? Iguana?

I would love to! I can take on most animals - if you have anything super weird, send me any enquiry.

I also offer sketched line portraits. These are more simple - for details and availability, please check my Etsy Page for when these are to be available here.

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Floral Embellishments

Custom floral wreaths can be added to your pet’s portrait for an additional cost. You can decide on the style and colour scheme of these details. We can also incorporate custom details like tennis balls, bones, balls of wool etc.

For inspiration, please feel free to look at my instagram for past work @fernandthistleco

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What Do I Need to Supply?

For each commission I require good quality photos of the pet to work from. One or two good clear photos work however feel free to send through as many photos as you wish. This helps to better understand a pet’s individual characteristics like fur pattern, eye colour and unique traits like a tongue that hangs out or a batty ear (I also just like to see pictures of your animals!) For some hints on what makes a great reference photo, click here.


You will also send through some ideas for floral embellishments and things like colour schemes. I can also cater to requests for different background materials and hoop stain colours. Feel free to send through your ideas and we can find something that works.

At this point I am unable to offer framing however if you would like to do this yourself let me know and I will ensure to include some extra material around the outside to work with.

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Standard Portrait Includes Pet and Pet Name

Pricing before shipping and in NZD

Single Portrait


$350 NZD
Floral Embellishment N/A

Single Portrait


$380 NZD
Floral Embellishment +$30 NZD

Single Portrait


$400 NZD

Floral Embellishment +$30 NZD

Double Portrait


$500 NZD
Floral Embellishment +$30 NZD

Double Portrait


$530 NZD
Floral Embellishment +$30 NZD

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I also offer simple sketch-style line portraits of your pets. These have a quicker turn around time and are offered at a reduced rate, but still fully customisable.

For details and availability, check out my Etsy Page

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Domestic and International orders are sent through NZ Post. A quote for the cost of the payment will be provided with the invoice.

Please note, for international orders I recommend tracked delivery however the cost of this is very expensive from New Zealand. I will therefore send through a quote for standard untracked delivery as well as tracked delivery.

It is up to the buyer to decide which service they wish to use, however Fern and Thistle co. is not responsible for any lost deliveries.

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Refund Policy

I am unable to offer refunds on commissioned work however portraits will not be sent until there is final approval from you. I will attempt to ensure you are happy with the outcome before it is shipped.


If you wish to commission a portrait, please send through an enquiry to I work from a waitlist therefore I will confirm availability with you upon enquiry.

I regularly update my Instagram @fernandthistleco when my waitlist is open. I look forward  to hearing from you!

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