by Sandra | August 18th, 2010
Ta DA! I aways find it so amazing that once the eye is done, each bird has a personality and it comes to life right before my eyes. This little Goldfinch seems so friendly. I am really pleased with the way he turned out and I hope he meets your expectations too.
The only stitches I used were the stem stitch, straight stitch and a loose (not too precise) satin stitch. The looser satin stitch gives more of a feathery texture as though the black and white feathers blend. A too precise satin stitch is unrealistic and is too perfect for a natural appearance in this case.
I used Cosmo “Seasons” #8002 for the satin stitch detail and sewing weight thread for the rest of the details on the bird. Let’s do a before and then after the little guy’s “makeover”:
The clever use of embroidery eliminated the need for tons of little applique pieces. So instead of looking like a surgical nightmare, the bird looks more natural. Sometimes too many applique pieces can ruin the image rather than make it look better.
Isn’t is amazing what a few easy embroidery additions can do? The embroidery embellishment adds another layer of interest both visually and texturally.
Oh and the Goldfinch passed the cat test.