I’ve just started to work on my oldest UFO, it’s a grand age of 42 years old!! This embroidery is my Monthly Challenge for February. I started it my Lyre Bird when I was 8 years old to match a cockerel I embroidered when I was 7, there’s more of the story here. I want to stitch sufficient for it to be considered finished without being tempted to add too much which will contrast with the stitching of an 8 year old, a fine line!
When I looked at the embroidery it’s mainly couching that needs stitching, I found some gold threads in my workbox which are possibly a little on the shiny side but will suffice as I don’t really want to buy lots of new threads for this project. Luckily I can just see the transfer markings still and even luckier, I found a photo on the internet of the original Needlewoman magazine with the embroidery on the front!!
I’ve started couching the gold thread around the body and wings, some of the felt had obviously shrunk a touch as it had come away from the stitching so I caught it down again with the couching threads.
The lyrebird now has two legs, though he needs claws embroidering so I think I’m going to have to get some gold stranded cotton for that. The tops of the legs are meant to have French knots on but I’m tempted to use gold seed beads and maybe introduce a few beads on the rest of the bird.
The sad thing is that I don’t think it will take more than a few hours to finish it, and just for that it sat for over 40 years in my sewing box! Has anyone else got such an aging UFO just waiting to be finished?