Thursday, 28 February 2008

Watch the birdie!

Got the final bird done on the bluetits and more of the background. It's boring me a little less these days and it shouldn't be too far off completion.

Thanks for the thoughts on the red cushion. The red looked 'worse' than it will be when finished as it was standing a bit proud of the stitched piece and was also quite a bit bigger than the finished item will be, so it shouldn't be too bad. I'm considering moving the side pieces out a bit before sewing them on though. Haven't done any more on it yet.

Got an Amazon order through today with these two books:

As I know some are interested in this kind of embroidery, here are the other 3 projects inside the 'Beginners' Guide to Silk Shading':

And here's a photo of the page showing all the main projects in the larger book:

There are also 3 smaller flowers and 4 beginners things to do. She does most of her work with only one strand of cotton, (which looks a lot finer and better than with two), so I must give that a go.
NB: These are all photos from the book, not my own work! I've put them up here so those who might be interested in these books can have a closer look than on-line bookstores allow!=)


JK said...

Hey Darlin, what's shaking?

Thanks for stopping by and saying hello... The birds are looking fantastic! I miss my days of cross stitching, but the old eyes get all wonky when I try to do it..

By the way, I love those books you got!! I have not had a chance to check Amazon yet, but I am going to have to jog on over to get these for my library...

jenny said...

Hello, i was just looking at your work boxes and wishing that they where mine!!!! Please have a look at my blog and follow the link to berlinembroidery, i think that you will like this website, and there are lots of books recommended like the two you have bought.

Doris said...

oh beautiful birds!.

the projects in the book look really beautiful.. :D

tkdchick said...

Those birds are going to be just lovely when finsihed! I look forward to your happy dance!

Chiasmata said...

I love the birds, they're so sweet. Very similar to the little guys I'm working on at uni. Great books too. Have fun playing with some new techniques!

LovetoStitch99 said...


I have got both of those books and they are wonderful.

Have you got by any chance the book called Embroideries from an English Garden by Carol Andrews? The projects inside that book are absolutely outstanding. I love them all. One of these days will pick one and have a go at it.

Pierrette =^..^=

NCPat said...

Do you think the silk shading book is worth the price? I was just looking at it!

Madame Purl said...

I love this book. I'm a beginner, so I've been doing the intro ones.

You're birds are really gorgeous.