Yesterday, we got cracking with appliqueing the flower pot and the English Paper Pieced (EPP) flowers onto the Studio Bird mini quilt.
Today, let’s decide where the little wool felt bird will go, and use different hand embroidery styles to add embellishments using WonderFil’s Dazzle thread.
Once you’ve decided where the bird will perch, pin it to the substrate (you may have to move pieces out of the way as you work on the various components). Use that lovely Ellana blend of 50% Merino wool and 50% acrylic, to applique the bird using a traditional blanket stitch. To keep the stitches evenly spaced apart, place a little pen mark on the side of your thumb, about a ¼” from the bottom of your thumb nail as in the photo below. This helps space the stitches evenly.
With the little bird in place, draw a line from the bird’s beak downward, about 2½”. Use a length of Dazzle thread to embroider this line using a chain stitch.
Applique a small wool felt heart to the end of the line, using Ellana wool thread, making sure the heart applique covers the end of the Dazzle thread. To make the heart stand out on this quilt, I used a running stitch and some colonial or French knots on the felt, and then outlined the heart shape with Dazzle thread. WonderFil’s website offers a guide to several stitches in a downloadable PDF.
Tie a small bow using the Dazzle thread. Cover the knot with some white craft glue and allow it to dry. The glue will dry clear.
Tack the bow to the top of the heart using the Efina thread. Use a tiny amount of fray stopping solution to keep the ends from fraying over time.
Use WonderFil’s Efina thread to add a little bead eye to the bird. The thread disappears and the bead looks magically attached.
This is all looking pretty cute, right?
The magpie in me is totally in love with the Dazzle thread. It’s a sturdy 6-ply thread which is very much like perle cotton. It’s a 100% rayon and metallic blend. It’s got a bright, reflective way about it, and the little pop of metallic makes all of us magpies sit up and take notice. It’s great for hand embroidery, and like all things shiny, a little goes a long way. I’m doing my best to reign in my love of all things sparkly.
This won’t prevent me from adding some Dazzle details onto the bird and the flower. You can do as you please to embellish this quilt. Iron-on crystals, beads, heck, even a few real feathers would be fun.
As for me, the flower is getting some lovely Dazzle details, as is our feathered friend and the flower pot, which I think we can all agree, is just about right.
Come back tomorrow, when we trim our little quilt, make a label, bind it, and hang it on the wall.