How to use woolly fibre to create a little bird
Hello ♫♬♪ it’s weekend!
Today I will show you how to make a little bird with woolly fibre…
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This method creates a fluffy texture….
and you won’t have to fill in all the detail, which will save you time :))
Note: This tutorial is from chapter 13 in my new Roses book… page 132.
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You will need:
* use one strand of thread, unless suggested otherwise.
Rajmahal Art. Silk
91 Wheat Gold
311 Fresco oil
226 Gothic Grey
Kreinik blending filament
A size 10 embroidery/crewel needle
Wool fibre: Yellow
Wool fibre: green
A small piece of cotton fabric blue or green to back the bird
Square of white cotton fabric: 20cm (8 inches)
Hoop: 15cm (6 inches)
Prepare the little bird
The bird is made separately, cut out and then attached onto the design.
Download the template here:
Free Designs - Willow Warbler - a little bird (82.4 kB)
Use the template of the bird and print it onto white cotton fabric – see page 10 of the Roses book for transfer techniques.
Alternatively, order the stumpwork panel from your nearest stockist,
or if you do not have a stockist nearby, you are welcome to order the panel from my website here.
Stretch the fabric in a 15 cm (6”) hoop.
Embroider the little bird
Note: Unless specified otherwise, use one strand of thread (separate one strand from the six) .
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Use two strands of 311: fill in brown detail on the neck in straight stitch and on wings in back stitch.
Start with a knot, but come up away from edge of bird so the knot won’t be in the way when you cut the bird out later.
Change to 521 thread: fill in green detail in slanted straight stitch.
Thin out a piece of yellow fibre: place it on top of the bird, tearing it so it fits the shape. See below.
Use one strand of 91 and one strand of 521 on the same needle: make slanted straight stitches to cover part of the woolly fibre, leaving gaps between the stitches for a feathery texture.
Use a piece of yellow fibre and a piece of green fibre; place alongside each other and cover the tail.
Use 311 and make a few straight stitches to secure the fibre on the tail, as you did before.
Trim along the edges.
Trim the fibre to form a neat tail…
Repeat and place a thin layer of yellow and green fibre on the wing.
Use same thread and stitch to secure, as you did before.
Add more straight stitches to form the detail on wing and neck.
Fill in the outline of beak with same stitch.
Add a layer of yellow fibre on the head.
Secure the fibre with straight stitches along the edge and trim…
Gently move fibre to open the eye area: outline eye with tiny stab stitches.
Change to grey thread: add grey wing detail with slanted straight stitches or stem stitch.
Make a French knot for the eye, wrapping thread three times around the needle.
Add more grey detail on the wing…
Use 032 blending filament: outline eye area again to add highlights.
Repeat on wing, beak and anywhere else you would like to add a bit of sparkle :)
Cut out the bird, leaving a seam.
Apply anti-fray agent on entire shape, allow time to dry
and cut along the edge of the bird.
Use a piece of cotton fabric in any complementary colour —fine cotton
with a high thread count is good, as it tends to fray less.
Place the bird on the wrong side of the fabric.
Use thread 521: make small running stitches along edge of bird, starting on the flat part above the wing.
As you stitch, make a fold in the fabric which will create extra space to form a rounded shape in the next step.
Work around the edge toward the starting point and leave a small gap.
Use yellow or green woolly fibre and fill the gap to make a fat little bird.
Close the gap with stitches.
Make a few stitches on the bird, stitching through all the layers to fasten the backing onto the bird.
Use tiny stitches along the edge where the backing may have loosened.
Place bird on your design: use same green thread to secure it with a few stab stitches.
Use a gentle tension and space stitches quite far apart, stitching only where necessary to secure it onto the design.
Allow the beak, tip of wing and the tail to stand free — lifted off the surface of the design.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial :)
With grateful thanks to Carol Carl who helped me with the photography.
Soon I will show you how to make this little nest …
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Have a great weekend ♥