I’m about finished with the kingfisher, but before I show you the finished project, here are some other birds I’ve been playing around with. These guys are in a completely different style, based off a painted plate my parents got on a trip to Italy.
I made this a while back, and there are some things I’d do differently now (mainly the sloppy stitching on the breast, oh well.) I wanted to play with two things–first, doing a drawing on fabric in crayon and ironing it to form a base for the stitches, and second, playing around with ribbons and beads. These birds are kind of blingtastic.
I almost hesitate to call this “ribbon embroidery” since it’s just straight stitches at its most fancy, but it was a lot of fun to do. I’m playing around with the idea of making some more of these for a child’s room. I like the bright colors and the use of crayons seems somehow appropriate, as does finishing them with simple wooden hoops.