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Red-headed Warbler



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.


You will find below all the necessary explanations to realize this project and the drawing to download can be found HERE or in the “Patterns 2023” section of this blog.



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