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How to embroider a parrot in needle painting

Here you will find the necessary pictures and instructions to help you in completing the “Parrot” design

It is the same instructions you will find accompanying the printed linen that you can buy as usual from here in our online shop or in our Etsy shop. The explanations also contain a colored and enlarged drawing indicating precisely the placement of the various colors to help you embroider the bird. The color pictures displayed in this post are supposed to give you a clear view of the way we have embroidered this design.

The color list is included in the kit and is also available on our website.

We used 11 different stitches to complete this design

Stem stitch, French knot, split back stitch, fishbone stitch, straight stitch, satin stitch, long and short stitch, trellis stitch

Don’t forget that each surface embroidered with satin stitch or long and short stitch must be first encircled with a split back stitch 1 thread!


The parrot is fully embroidered with long and short stitch and each part (feathers, head, beak) has been previously surrounded with a split back stitch. All the embroidery is done with a single thread.

I began by embroidering the feathers of the tail.


The back of the parrot (part between the feathers) is embroidered with blanket stitch ” in layers” from bottom to top with 1 thread.

The feathers are embroidered starting with those at the bottom and going up to the head. For each feather to be well delineated, it must be surrounded with a split back stitch 1 thread. (I know I’m repeating myself but it’s really important).

First embroider the feathers of the head, paying attention to the direction of the stitches (they are almost horizontal) and starting with the green part.

Finish the parrot by embroidering the beak.

The palm leaves are embroidered in fishbone stitch with 1 thread.

The branch is embroidered with long and short stitch 1 thread (without split back stitch).

The lichen is made with French knots 2 threads 2 wraps.

The fleshy parts of the flower are first surrounded with split back stitch. They are then padded with 3 threads straight stitches and covered with a trellis stitch 2 threads.

The central vein is embroidered in stem stitch with 1 thread.

The leaves are embroidered in satin stitch with 1 thread. As usual each leaf is first surrounded with a split back stitch.