Wooly Bird Stitch Along

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Embroidered Bird #2 by Laura Wasilowski

In 13 steps I’ll show you how to make a free-stitched bird like this on wool. You’ll learn what embroidery threads and stitches it takes to bring your colorful fowl to life. Woolly Bird is a fun handwork project using felted wool, pearl cotton threads, and hand embroidery needles. You can use any colors you like. We are winging it!

To get started you’ll need these items:

  • A 7″ or 8″ square of felted wool. Felted wool is thicker than your standard wool skirt fabric and has more body. Have a wool coat in your closet? Go ahead, wash it in hot water agitating it in the washer. Throw it in the dryer and then clip out a square of fabric for your bird.
  • Embroidery thread (Size 8 pearl cotton threads work best)
  • Size 3 or 4 embroidery needles for the thread
  • Print out this PDF of the Wooly Bird Pattern or draw your own bird shape.

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  • Follow the instructions on the Wooly Bird Pattern and stitch an outline of the bird shape on the wool using a Running Stitch. (If you’re drawing your own bird, think of a bird shape as a quarter moon shape with one tip of the moon rounded for the head and the other tip squared off for the tail.)
  • Use a Size 8 pearl cotton thread color that contrasts with the background fabric and in a color you won’t be using to outline the bird.
  • Stitch with a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.
  • If you don’t like the shape you’ve stitched, rip out the stitches and start again.

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  • Select two different Size 8 pearl cotton thread colors and use a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle to make the belly of the bird.
  • Stitch a row of Satin Stitches down the lower edge of the neck ring to fill it in.
  • Stitch Satin Stitches that measure about ¼” long from the neck to a midway point on the lower wing.
  • Alternate the thread colors and lay the Satin Stitches perpendicular to the opposite color to fill in the bird belly.
  • This bird has 7 vertical rows of Satin Stitches Your bird belly size may vary.

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Embroidered Bird #2 by Laura Wasilowski

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