Red Bird: Finishing Up

A first step in creating our Red Bird was to trim the sky fabric with a pinking blade or pinking shears.

The pinked edge of this fabric lends itself to a decorative finish. A finish perfect for the Fly Stitch.

As we complete the project, remember you can join the┬áRed Bird Stitch-Along at any time. You’ll find complete directions for it and many other free projects on the Tutorials page.

Step #8

  • Center the sky fabric on the background fabric. Stitch tack into place.
  • Stitch Fly Stitches following the pinked edge of the sky fabric while attaching it to the backing fabric. Use a size 8 pearl cotton thread (like Lime Frappe).
  • Remove the tacking stitches.
  • Stitch French Knots inside each Fly Stitch on the border. Use a size 12 pearl cotton thread (like Red Hots).
  • Trim the background fabric to within 1/4″ of each edge of the sky fabric.
Red Bird by Laura Wasilowski

I’d love to see your version of Red Bird. Send an image to me at laura@ artfabrik.com. Thanks for joining me!

Red Bird: Stems and Leaves

The flowers in your Red Bird design are created by combining several embroidery stitches in various thread colors.

These stitch combinations take a rather ordinary piece of blue felt and transform it into a richly decorative flower.

Our next step is to connect these snazzy flowers to the grass with strategically placed stems. I say “strategically” because one of the stems is used as Red Bird’s perch.

Please note that directions are first given here on the blog then added to the Red Bird Stitch-Along page as we go. You can join at any time.

Step #7

  • Stitch Stem Stitches to create a curving stem from the flower base on the right up to the belly of the bird and down to the grass. This forms his perch. Use a size 8 pearl cotton thread (like Lime Frappe).
  • Using that same thread, stitch Stem Stitches curving from the base of the remaining 2 flowers to the grass.
  • Stitch 2 more stems using that same thread curving across the grass.

Red Bird: Crest and Flowers

Now that our Red Bird is all fancy with his new wing and tail feathers, it is time to add the flowers.

But first, we have to top off the bird. As my mother once told me, “no fowl is complete without a debonair crest.” (She also told me to stop making things up.)

Please note that directions are first given here on the blog then added to the Red Bird Stitch-Along page as we go. You can join at any time.

Step #6

  • Place the right flower about 2 1/4″ up from the bottom edge of the piece and 3/4″ in from the right side. Tilt slightly, pin, and stitch-tack into place.
  • Place the left lower flower about 2 3/4″ up from the bottom edge and 1 1/2″ in from the left side. Tilt slightly, pin, and stitch-tack into place.
  • Place the top flower about 5″ up from the bottom edge and 1 1/2″ in from the left side. Tilt slightly, pin, and stitch-tack into place.
  • Blanket Stitch around each flower. Use a size 8 pearl cotton (like Butter).
  • Remove the tacking stitches from each flower.
  • Stitch Fly Stitches around each flower on the sky fabric. Point the tips of the Fly Stitch out to make petals. Use a size 8 pearl cotton thread (like Peas in a Pod).
  • Stitch a French Knot inside each Fly Stitch. Use a size 8 pearl cotton thread (like Aquamarine).