The head of my bird stitched on wool needed a little more emphasis so I added another row of Outline Stitches around the edges with a light green thread. We’ll use that same stitch to make a triangle for the beak and fill it in with rows of the Outline Stitch. This is a fancy bird so you may want to add three Bullion Knots with French Knots at the tip to make the bird’s crest.
Fill in the wool background fabric with easy stitchery like swirls of the Running Stitch. This give it that Starry Night kind of look. (Thank you Vincent Van Gogh!)
To complete your woolly bird, finish the fabric edges with a Blanket Stitch. Thank you for joining me during this tutorial and please send me images of what you’ve made. (email@example.com) Now sing a little birdsong of happiness!
Time to bring our little bird to life by adding his eye. We’ve used an Outline Stitch to make the head shape. Now use that same stitch to add a ½” diameter circle for the bird’s outer eye (black thread is recommended). Use a light colored thread to make a triangle with closely packed Satin Stitches for the highlight in the bird’s eye. The blue wool I’m using shows inside the eye making it a unusual blue eyed bird.
The rest of the head is filled in with a Running Stitch. The Running Stitch creates a even texture on the wool making a fine pattern. Tomorrow we finish up!
Stitching on wool is so easy, you’ll find you can densely pack your embroidery stitches close together. It’s time to fill in the bird’s wing and we are really going to pack them in.
To decorate the wing, use four rows of the Lazy Daisy Stitch to make the wing cap and three rows of the Blanket Stitch to add more feathers to the wing tips. Place the Blanket Stitches so they touch the previous rows and make little boxes. (I’m using the same color Size 8 pearl cotton thread I used in other areas of the design but you can change it up.)
Now add the Outline Stitch between the rows of Lazy Daisy Stitches on the wing cap using a different color of thread. Fill in the Blanket Stitches on the wing tips with French Knots. And squeeze in the Satin Stitch between the wing cap and wing tip.
Every bird needs a fancy tail. Some say that birds with attractive tails are somewhat vain. But I just like to think of them as being well dressed.
To make an attractive tail on your bird, place 4 rows of Fern Stitches from the tip of the tail feathers back to the Straight Stitches on the bird’s body. Add French Knots between the spars of the Fern Stitch. And fill in the tail points with a Satin Stitch. Now you have a well dressed bird.
Now comes the easy part in our woolly bird embroidery on wool: Straight Stitches. Add Straight Stitches in parallel lines and in a variety of colors from the belly up to the tail area of your bird. You’ll notice the repetition of the Size 8 pearl cotton thread colors used in other parts of the bird. Mixing those threads together as Straight Stitches makes for more interest.
Next up, the belly of the bird! You can use any stitch you like, but I like the texture of an alternating Satin Stitch. The Satin Stitches measure about ¼” long. I selected two different Size 8 pearl cotton thread colors to make a checkerboard pattern on the belly of the bird. Alternate the colors and lay the Satin Stitches perpendicular to the opposite color. This bird has 7 vertical rows of Satin Stitches. Your bird belly may vary.
By now you may have received your copy of the most recent issue of Quilting Arts Magazine. Lucky me, I’m the cover girl for this issue with an article called Extreme Embroidery on stitching on wool. Hope you enjoy it!