Robin Redbreast

Last month I embroidered a robin, it was pretty easy to do as I used a heavier weight of cotton which has a very pretty design of robins. I used one as the base for the embroidery…

At the time I was still undecided what to do with it, I did ponder about including it in my garden book but I decided to make it into a mini cushion for a Christmas present.

I rummaged in my stash and found a fat quarter of duck egg blue with a subtle pattern on it, not too overpowering for the robin! I trimmed the robin to just over 4.5″ and cut 2″ strips, stitching a simple border round the embroidery. With hindsight I should have stitched the side ones first then the top and bottom would have the wider width, but it looks fine.

I stitched a square of the same fabric for the back and stuffed it, not too hard, just enough to hold it’s shape without distorting. I felt it needed a little extra, so I found two old DMC threads, one a darker duck egg and one lighter. I have a cord-maker which twists threads neatly into a cord so I measured a generous three times the perimeter so as to have sufficient and twisted the threads into a very pretty cord. The colours worked even better than I expected.

I was planning to just stitch it round the outer edge of the cushion, but when I tried it round the embroidery it really lifted it so I couched it round there to start with and then the outer edge. Talk about playing thread chicken, I had 5mm of cord left!!

All it needed now was a pretty button to cover the join…

I’m really pleased with him, the finished cushion is about 6″ square, now I need to wrap him up and post him on his way.

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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7 Responses to Robin Redbreast

  1. Sandra says:

    What a beautiful gift.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Ellen T says:

    He is lovely…

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Amo says:

    Very pretty! I hope he flies to his destination in time!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. claire93 says:

    a perfect finish ^^

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Jane M says:

    He is gorgeous

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Sharon says:

    The perfect finish for him 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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