It's Rarity! Playing the part of Princess Platinum in season 2 episode 11 Hearths Warming Eve.
*note* I will update with more lit up pictures of the final embroidery in a week or so. (currently moving apartments) Time lapse available!
Submitted into Day 3 (draw a pony with a prop / draw a material pony) of the month long Artist Training Grounds II on Equestria Daily. I do feel kind of guilty about submitting this through the Artist Training Grounds because I get the feeling that you should only submit work that is completed within each 24 hour time limit for each daily prompt. But hopefully the people potentially inspired by this medium make up for that.
As for the work itself, I feel there really should be another transition color to the middle of that gradient in Rarity's hair to help smooth out the transition, I can always add one in later. For the most part I think the colors I picked are perfect, had to eyeball each one because I do not have a program that translates RGB values of an image into the closest Anchor thread color, which would be very convenient.
Sooner or later I will throw together a guide as to specifically which materials I used and some tips and tricks that I've learned while making these.
Some simple quick facts: 12x16 inch canvas, Anchor thread, took me ~90+ hours to make, character is roughly 8.5x10 inches, #3 of 4 working on #5 so stay tuned!
MLP:FIM (C) Hasbro