Detail from "Rain Dance," an original quilt by Sherrie Spangler

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Wool bird progress

It's been raining all weekend and I've been inside embroidering my Sue Spargo wool applique birds. While I'm working, I'm listening to our own birds -- two parakeets -- and one of them has started imitating the rabbit's snoring. Who needs music?

The birds above and below show the drizzle stitch used to make fancy feathers. I learned that stitch from Sue's book, "Creative Stitching." The birds are from her "Bird Dance" book, although I'm changing a lot of the embroidery. I outlined the green bird in the back stitch and the red bird in a fly stitch.

This orange bird shows another stitch I learned from her book: the rosette chain that runs down the bird's breast.

I love this orange thread from the Thread Gatherer. It's called Sheep's Silk and is a 50/50 blend of wool and silk. It needles beautifully.

The blue thread in the fly stitching above and below is #8 pearl cotton, which doesn't pull through as smoothly as the Sheep's Silk but is way more affordable.

(Here's how it looks outside.)

The next two birds are still in progress. I might add beads to the top one, and I've already stitched purple beads on the second one. That lavender wing could use a little something, too.

Meanwhile, my nest of thread tails is growing.

Have a colorful day


Judy Sall Fiber Art said...

They are so lovely! Great project for a rainy day!

The Idaho Beauty said...

That drizzle stitch is really something! I'm seeing several others I like but am not familiar with. It's been ages since I've seriously embroidered using various stitches. Not like I don't have some reference material to refresh my memory and a tin full of floss around...