Bertie the Blackbird has Fledged!

This is just a quick post as I really should be packing for Tea & Tents, an amazing crafty and fun camping weekend with 500 WI ladies from all over the country. We’re all descending on Walesby, a Scout camp near Nottingham on Friday. It’s the second time we’ve been there so at least they will know what to expect this time!

I was too excited not to share my happy dance with you…Bertie the Blackbird is fully feathered and ready to fly off to the framers…

Last week when I showed him to you I was near, but not that near, I still had a lot of silk shading to do.DSC_0009

On Monday it was my Embroiderers Guild meeting, I decided to concentrate on Bertie. It still didn’t seem to be moving on particularly quickly, in fact I commented to someone during the afternoon that I’d been stitching for hours with only a bit to show for it. That evening I settled down to do a bit more, and all of a sudden it was more or less done.DSC_0002 (1)

I then stitched the veins in stem stitch which did seem to neaten the leaves and finish them off nicely. As a final touch a few silver thread stitches were made around the leaf to add a little sparkle, it makes a lovely subtle effect.DSC_0008

Next to be stitched was the silver couched outline. I buried the ends with a very large needle and couched with standard Gutermann thread. I quickly learnt that to get neat corners I needed to make lots of extra stitches, they’re not perfect but I’m pretty pleased with them.DSC_0005

This evening I just had some seed beads to stitch around his eye and Bertie was finished.DSC_0006

I have really enjoyed this kit, I started it at a three day workshop with Nicola Jarvis, the designer, which was held in May. It’s really pushed me but also made me realise I can do embroidery like this. I’ve another two of her designs on my to do list now, but in the meantime I shall just enjoy Bertie.DSC_0007

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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20 Responses to Bertie the Blackbird has Fledged!

  1. Donnalee says:

    Very handsome mask and fine feet! You did a lovely job on it all.

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  2. CurlsnSkirls says:

    What a pretty bird (and skilled needlewoman)!
    Have fun at Tea and Tents – hope your weather is good.

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  3. Laura says:

    Love the bird…job well done! Have a great time at camp!

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  4. kathyreeves says:

    Bertie is just outstanding! Have a great time at WI camp!

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  5. katechiconi says:

    He’s absolutely beautiful, lovely work. Enjoy your trip – I hope you had enough time to pack!

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  6. nanacathy2 says:

    Beautiful Bertie!

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  7. KerryCan says:

    He’s amazing! I hope you’ll show him again, when he’s framed.

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  8. claire93 says:

    Bertie has turned out beautifully! Any idea what you’re going to do with him now he’s finished?

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  9. He is so charming and regal – love him!

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  10. That is some amazing stitching – wow!!!

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  11. Kate says:

    Bertie is gorgeous! You are very talented!

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  12. taphian says:

    such a beautiful design and you made a beautiful stitching work

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  13. Catherine says:

    Well done! He looks fabulous, you’ve done such s wonderful job stitching up Bertie. I hope once he returns from the frames he will have pride of place somewhere.

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  14. rosejasm says:

    He’s awesome x

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  15. Gail says:

    Wonderful details on Bertie!


  16. Deborah says:

    This is such a stunning piece, I applaud your skills with a needle.


  17. CathieJ says:

    Bertie is beautiful. That silk shading is very pretty.

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  18. Kay says:

    You must be pleased with him – he is gorgeous

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