Tuesday, 8 November 2011
Partridge in a Pear Tree
I decided to edge the flags with some festive fabric, I think I will alternate red and green. I think this gives the flags a bit more definition (especially as the bunting will be hung on a white wall).
So this shows my interpretation of partridge in a pear tree, with the pear being my very first attempt at proper appliqué - i.e. turning the fabric edges under and doing tiny hand-stitches. Previously I have reached for the trusty bondaweb and basically stuck the fabric down and machine-stitched as close to the edge as I dare. And I know that the pear/partridge ratio is a bit off, but I was going for abstract representation rather than botanical and avian realism.
The rest is done in felt, stitched with DMC embroidery silks. I put a bit of gold stitching on the pear because I fancied it. Really enjoyed just doing some freehand embroidery rather than following a kit. The trick I think is knowing where to stop and not to overwork it. Next up is two turtle doves...