Bluebird In Progress

I started work on the first bluebird for the Bluebird Floral project. I’ve been referring to Trish Burr’s new book, Colour Confidence in Embroidery, to improve the feather/stitch directions. It’s helping a lot!

Here are photos of my progress through stitching the bird:

All that’s left are the feet and the branch the bird is on. I’m so glad I picked out some new threads – they make the bird so bright and alive.

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26 Responses to Bluebird In Progress

  1. coral-seas says:

    Brilliant! He is so vibrant and the feathers are so fluffy.

  2. Sharon Brodeuse says:

    He certainly is looking very realistic – great stitching! The colors you chose for him are just gorgeous..

  3. Marjolein says:

    Gorgeous, the colors, breathtaking.
    I’m waiting for my copy of the book, I think this bird will be a candidate for stitching!

  4. Anita says:

    Great job! I like the vibrant colors which you’ve chose.

  5. Alet Myburgh says:

    He certainly is looking very realistic! The colors you chose are just gorgeous..

    It is really beautiful!!!!

  6. Maria Filomena says:

    Muito lindos!!!!!

    abraรงos de MF

  7. Rachel says:

    He’s a lovely bluebird – well done!

  8. Ellen Cotter says:

    He looks like he’s about to fly off the fabric!

  9. Elmsley Rose says:

    Those white/cream threads in his dark blue back look like they would have been really tricky to place. Well done!

    • Hannah says:

      Ha! Fooled you ๐Ÿ™‚ That was actually in the kit directions – all the blue for this bird is worked in long-and-short stitch with one strand of blue wool plus one strand of either light blue or dark blue floss. So the highlights actually went in automatically as I stitched!

  10. Julie says:

    Wow! Easy to see from this pic why this bird is the State Bird of NY. A real beauty!

  11. Marta Brysha says:

    I too recently bought this book and I think it would be an invaluable resource for the novice needle painter. I think you are doing a lovely job of the blue bird. While most of what she covers is not necessarily news to me, I did learn one valuable thing. She points out that thread has a definite direction and that ensuring you thread your needle in the same direction every time will ensure more even results, especially when working satin stitch. For that one piece of information alone I consider the book money well spent.

    Good work Hannah.

  12. Elisa says:

    Muy agradecida por los pasos del bordado….Bello.

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