Our scrappy winner of the Free on Friday fabulous fused fabric scraps is…. Betsy. May you fuse with frivolity Betsy!
The hand embroidery stitching is now complete on my little bird with a checkered past. You’ll notice I’ve used the Oranges colorway of thread around the tree trunk and tree tops. This same colorway has been used a lot on the bird and background. Think I’ll buy a bunch of it.
After a good pressing, I’ll bind the little quilt (12″ x 15″) and start a new project. Or maybe I’ll just start a new project.
Also, our little bird is now part of a Link Party. Check it out here.
Thank you for joining me on my garden bench while I was stitching. (Looks like we’ve been here a long time.) I hope you enjoyed the stitch-a-thon and garden tour. Next time could you pull a few weeds?
Moving right along with the stitch-a-thon, hand embroidery is added to those broad leaves by the bird. I’m using a version of the Fern Stitch down the center of the leaf. The thread is a Size 12 Pearl Cotton Thread with a Size 5 embroidery needle. Looks like the Green Grass colorway to me. Ok, I’m sure it is Green Grass.
And speaking of grass, here you see straight stitches on the strips of grass near the bottom of the design. You’ll recognize this thread as the same Sprouts colorway used on the bird’s wing. I like this color here.
Now that the hand embroidery on the bird is complete, I move on to other areas of the quilt. The hill to the right acquires a few Running Stitches and Cross Stitches. These are used to add pattern to the quilt surface and help repeat color.
You’ll notice that it is a finer thread. I’m using a Size 12 Pearl Cotton Thread with a Size 5 embroidery needle. A set of flowers made with French Knots rush up the hill top. They are very determined.
The ever versatile Blanket Stitch edges those spikes of foliage in the background. It’s the same Oranges thread used on the bird.
And here’s another flower blooming in my garden. It’s a very plain peony. Not fancy, not showy but living a happy life surrounded by some yellow friendly flowers. Anyone know the name of that yellow friendly flower?
I’m using a very fine black sewing thread (size 50) and an Outline Stitch to edge his eye. Later, straight stitches are added across the pupil. Like eye surgery, it’s very delicate but it makes him look better.
While you were out wandering in my garden, I did lots of stitching. A simple Running Stitch around the bird’s wings solves my dissatisfaction with that light green thread. It’s done with the Aquamarine colorway in a Size 8 Pearl Cotton Thread. You’ll see the same Aquamarine thread on his wing and as a Pistil Stitch for the tail.