Woolly Bird Tutorial #10

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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.

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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!)

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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. (laura@artfabrik.com) Now sing a little birdsong of happiness!

7 thoughts on “Woolly Bird Tutorial #10

  1. This has been a wonderful class. My finished picture is definitely of a lot more practice to look like yours but then first attempts are always in need or improvement. Would the best way to display the piece in a frame, or applique the piece on maybe a pillow? I was sort of thinking of a fabric frame with maybe some vinyl to protect the picture from dust or dog hair. I used to make picture frames from plastic canvas, but I was thinking this time of using Timtex or some other stiff interfacing as the backing..

  2. I think that stitching it to a stiff backing is a good idea. If you put it behind glass make sure the frame is deep enough so the glass doesn’t touch the fabric.
    Send me a picture. I’d love to see what you made. And thanks for joining me!

  3. This has been a wonderful tutorial and a whole new hand embroidery experience for me…I can’t put it down and when I do, I’m thinking about finding time to add a few more rows of stitches! My bird’s body is just about filled in and I’m ready to move on to the tail…a bit behind, but I do have a few questions.
    With such dense application of stitches, I’m finding my wool (a piece I felted from a wool cape) beginning to get a bit “wavy”…is that normal? And the back is a rather ugly mass of threads….just me, or are these pieces not intended to have their bare backs exposed?
    I was not prepared for the visual depth and dimension that the dense embroidery creates – awesome. After the bird I am on to the pear and maybe a mushroom….????

    • Hi Carolyn. I’m so glad you were able to follow along and I can’t wait to see your little “bird on the cape”. When you’re all done you can steam the back of the piece with a steam iron and flatten out those waves. And you can stitch a piece of felt on the back to cover the stitchery mess.

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