I made this model a few years ago but despite the passage of time, I still like it with its generous wisteria and its flamboyant colors.
It was inspired by an engraving that appears in a book given to me by my mother and that I never tire of leafing through.
“The birds of America” by Jean-Jacques Audubon
Jean-Jacques Audubon (1785-1851) was a French-born American naturalist, ornithologist and artist. He is best known for his book “The Birds of America”, considered one of the greatest achievements in the history of naturalist illustration.
Threads used to embroider this design
For the barrier, House of Embroidery stranded cotton 33BC Mud
For the wisteria, DMC stranded cotton 524,155, 3747, 3865, 445 and House of Embroidery stranded cotton 5B blue gum
For the warbler, DMC stranded cotton 728, 3820, 783 and 869, 3865, 310, 3021, 677 and House of Embroidery stranded 68A Strelitzia
Stitches used to embroider this design
Stem stitch, overcast stem stitch, long and short stitch, satin stitch, French knot, Cretan stitch, lazy daisy stitch, split backstitch, straight stitch, blanket stitch
long and short stitch 1 thread
Warbler belly, back and head, long and short stitch 1 thread. Embroider the dark spots first and then fill in with the background color
wing, first embroider the white parts with straight stitches 1 thread then add the black stripes with blanket stitch
tail, start with the black extremities with blanket stitch 1 thread then embroider the white and brown parts with long and short stitch 1 thread. Then border each feather with an overcast stem stitch and 2 threads
beak, straight stitch
legs, satin stitch 1 thread on a 2-thread padding, straight stitch 2 threads for the claws
Stems, long and short stitch1 thread
Leaves, Cretan stitch 2 threads
Flowers, satin stitch1 thread et 1 large French knot 4 threads 2 wraps for the centers