Embroidery on Silk Finished!

The little birds are complete, and vegetation is next on the stitch list. Rows and rows of straight stitches cross the silk fabric, building up a grassy mound of greenness. I’ve varied size 12 pearl cotton thread colors to make a textural hillock supporting the 3 decorative leaves in the garden.

Again the chain stitch is used to make rows of color inside the leaf shapes. Variegated threads like Lime Frappe and Lettuce give you that luscious color. Top the leaves off with jubilant orange French knots, and the garden is complete.

Flying Home #2 by Laura Wasilowski

The embroidery is stitched to a background fabric of silk to frame the design. For now, I’m setting my small hand embroidery on silk aside to think about the finishing process. It may take years to come up with something!

Flying Home #2 began with a challenge to try the Darling Motif Collection stencils by Christen Brown. And I’m so happy I accepted the challenge. The stencils offered me a different way to design my free-form embroideries and were a delight to use.

How to Stitch Your Bird

The bird shapes from the Darling Motif Collection stencils by Christen Brown are so endearing. But right now the little birds are looking a little vacant. Time to fill them in.

My first step is to use a stem stitch and a size 12 Butter pearl cotton thread to create the interior of the wing. This same color thread makes the beak and tail stripes too.

Next up is the handy chain stitch. The bird shape is filled in with a spiral of chain stitches surrounding the wing. I’m using a size 12 Aquamarine thread. Place a French knot on the head for an eye, add some spindly orange legs, and your bird is complete!

And now on to the grass and leaves.

Give-Away #7: More Thread!

Would you like to win a skein of really green thread?

This size 12 hand-dyed thread, Emerald Isle, is one of the many embroidery threads used on Little Bird and Daisies. It is a fine thread with a big punch. The rich green color pops to attention creating the texture on the white daisies in the design.

Leave a comment below, and you may be the lucky winner! I’ll even throw in a thread-ring for your entire palette of threads.

Check out my new online class, Little Bird and Daisies on Creative Spark.

And please note that the giveaway closes on Thursday. I announce the winner on Friday. In celebration of my first online class, Little Bird and Daisies, I’m giving away items for the workshop every week until the end of the year.

Leave a comment below, and you may be the lucky winner of today’s giveaway!