This week it’s all about birds. New Zealand native birds, to be precise, as I’m starting work on my bird wall-hanging. There has been a bit of fusing and stitching going on, and this is what I’ve got to show for it. New Zealand has some very special birds, such as the kea, the world's only alpine parrot, living amongst the tussock grasses on the mountain-side. The kea is a large, strong-flying, olive-green parrot with scarlet underwings and a slender grey-black bill.
I’ve also stitched around some pretty little fantails. Fantails use their broad tails to change direction quickly while hunting for insects, flitting from here to there at speed. They sometimes hop around upside-down amongst tree ferns and foliage to pick insects from the underside of leaves.
One thing I have learnt from stitching these birds down is that if you are not happy with how it is going – stop immediately. Instead of plodding on to the end, as I did on some other birds. I had used an older, thicker thread, which looked fine colourwise, but stitched up much too thick and looks ugly. So I'll be spending some time with my unpicker, trying to gently remove the offending stitches without stretching the fabric. Wish me luck on that job.