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Singing bird

 Here are the pictures and the necessary explanations that will help you to embroider Singing bird. 

You can download the pattern online HERE

The color pictures below are there to give you an accurate view of the patterns as they were embroidered.

In this small project, we used  water soluble color pencils and the following stitches

Stem stitch, fly stitch, straight stitch, French knot, blanket stitch, satin stitch, interlaced chain stitch, raised stem stitch and needle weaving.

I do not propose any indications for thread colors because they are dependent on the colors you used for coloring.


For this project, I used a fun technique that allows realizing a small colored work. in a lighter and faster way.

To do this, it is necessary first to color and then to watercolor the drawing.

To facilitate the work, I advise you to block your piece of fabric on a support with some tape.

I use (as a good Swiss citizen) Prismalo pencil of the brand Caran d’Ache but you can use watercolor pencils from other brands (Derwent, Faber-castell, Bic …)

To moisten the color, I use cotton swabs. It allows me not to overflow out of the lines of the drawing.

The petals are embroidered in blanket stitch with 2 threads, fairly spaced and irregular.

The heart is made with needle weaving and surrounded by an interlaced chain stitch with 2 threads (you will find the explanation below).

First, cover the surface to be embroidered with tight straight stitches.

Here the groups are slightly spaced and formed of 2 yellow threads surrounded by an orange thread.

Then weave “up and down” perpendicular groups of threads similar to the first.

The stem and leaf contours are embroidered in stem stitch.

Embroider the inside of each leaf in fly stitch and add straight stitches of a different color in the spaces between the branches, all with 2 threads.

The 3 lower petals of the flower are embroidered in stem stitch and blanket stitch, both with 2 threads.

The upper part is surrounded by an interlaced chain stitch 2 threads and dotted with French knots 2 threads 2 wraps. I used a needle n ° 7 to get big knots.

First, embroider a simple chain with 2 threads.

With another color (also 2 threads), slide your needle under the second half loop (without stitching into the fabric) from the outside to the inside.

Here is the work after embroidering 3 rows of stem stitch.

Continue winding your yarn in the same way from loop to loop.

Here is the interlaced chain completed.

If you wish you can do the same work on the other side of the chain to get a wider and even more decorative band.

The outline of the body is embroidered in stem stitch and then embellished with spaced back stitches, all with 2 threads.

The same applies to the head that remains empty and whose watercolor background is visible. The eye is formed of a simple chain stitch 1 thread and with a French knot 2 threads 2 wraps in the middle.

The beak and legs are embroidered in straight stitch with 2 threads.

The tail is fully embroidered in blanket stitch with 2 threads a little spaced. It is here that we see the utility of having a background of colored fabric.

The narrowest part of the wing is made in satin stitch with 2 threads, the adjacent part in raised stem stitch (explained below) also with 2 threads. The remaining 2 upper parts are embroidered identically to the tail.

Pad the surface to be embroidered with more or less thickness according to the result you want to obtain.

Cover with spaced straight stitches to support the stem stitch.

Embroider the stem stitch from one straight stitch to the other.

Here is the work after embroidering 3 rows of stem stitch.

The entire surface is covered with raised stem stitch and brings relief to your work.