Bertie the Blackbird

I have finally made enough progress on Bertie the Blackbird to show you. I started him in May at a three day Embroiderers Guild workshop with Nicola Jarvis who is the designer of this beautiful bird. By the end of the three days I had started and more or less mastered each section, I just had to finish it…

This is where I was last time I showed you…Blackbird by Nicola Jarvis

I had just finished the twirly shapes across his shoulders and the tiny seeding stitches in between.

I’m working my way through the instruction booklet now, checking I stitch everything in the right order. I couched some silver thread around the large black leaf shapes together with a fine silver line along the vein. I love the effect of the couching.

The next area to be tackled was the black tear drops and the little dots. These were stitched in satin stitch. I remembered this time to edge the shape with split stitch first as it does make a better shape with the satin stitch.

This bit did seem to take a long time, once they were all stitched I used a light grey DMC thread to make tiny seeding stitches around the tear drops and the dots.DSC_0008

‘All’ I’ve got to do now is the large grey leaves with their silk shading, I say ‘all’ as it might be the trickiest bit. I’ve a little more couching too and then Bertie will be finished. I’ve a few ripples in the unstitched area which I’m hoping will merge with the stitching, if not I think I may be stretching it by hand before I take it to the framers, maybe with a bit of padding underneath!DSC_0009

Hopefully not too long before Snoopy can do a happy dance again!

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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19 Responses to Bertie the Blackbird

  1. anne54 says:

    Stunning! And the couched silver thread around the leaf shape is a little touch that really lifts it. Happy dance indeed ☺️

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  2. Prue Batten says:

    Lovely work, Margaret. I’m a bird motif enthusiast in embroidery and admire Nicola Jarvis’ work.

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  3. Catherine says:

    He’s really lovely! You’ve done a wonderful job of stitching him. The silver couched thread makes a lovely and delicate amount of bling to him. Satin stitch can be tiring, I’m still going with all the seeding stitches in mine! Fingers crossed I can get onto the shading soon 😊

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  4. katechiconi says:

    He’s looking very handsome. What stitch will you use to outline him at the end?

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  5. Kate says:

    Bertie looks amazing!

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  6. tialys says:

    As somebody who’s having difficulty sewing a couple of eyes and some whiskers on a stuffed rabbit at the moment I am in awe.

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  7. nanacathy2 says:

    Fabulous, gorgeous design brilliantly stitched.


  8. Echo ing everyone’s comments, just stunning!


  9. claire93 says:

    Bertie is looking very handsome!


  10. kathyreeves says:

    The silver couching really changes the look of him! I do love those tiny seed stitches in between the satin, such a nice design touch. You are doing a lovely job on this!


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