Bird Brocade

I recently started working on the Bird Brocade kit (crewel embroidery) by Elsa Williams from Janlynn.

crewel bird kit

I like the design, but this kit has a whole lot of satin and long+short stitch, and I prefer a lot of different stitches. So I’m mixing it up. Here’s my progress so far:

progress on Bird Brocade

and here is a closeup with the stitches labeled:

bird brocade picture with stitches labeled

So my current dilemma is that I altered one of the flowers but I’m thinking I don’t like the effect. The dark red line of double french knots is a little overpowering compared to the pale yellow. I’m trying to decide what to do about it.

flower looks bad, what to do?

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3 Responses to Bird Brocade

  1. Rachel says:

    Don’t hurry to do anything. There are plenty of other elements to stitch, and you will be able to make a truer judgement when you have more of them done. In fact, my general rule in these situations is never unpick anything until you are absolutely certain it is wrong, and you have some idea of what you are going to do instead!

  2. enbrouderie says:

    Yep, I hate unpicking

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