Sunday, 13 January 2013

bee hummingbird embroidery


Bee hummingbirds are the worlds smallest bird- 5-6cm from the tip of their beak to the end of their tail. I made this for jessicakelly for a Phat Quarter swap on the theme of 'tiny'. He may only be small but I packed in loads of different stitches and detail by using only 1 strand of floss.
Playing with scale enabled me to really play around with different stitches. I often try and make my birds as lifelike as possible so it was good fun to get creative with some pattern and I like the effect. I'm not sure how this would work on a bigger scale but it would be interesting to try- the textures would look nice in crewel wool in linen I think.

8 comments:

  1. i love that you made it life-size. been examining all your little fly stitches. ;) thanks again!

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  2. This could be your most adorable piece ever! Your subject is so teeny and special and your beautiful work definitely does it justice!

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  3. So tiny and detailed. I have fallen in love with him.

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  4. Wow , I just pulled out my ruler to gain perspective of your piece - that' an incredible amount of detail in such a tiny area - are you cross-eyed from all that teeny stitching? Joking aside, your work-as always - is positively awesome.

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  5. Thank you all! I deliberately stitched it to scale but when I was finished I was sure I had made a mistake and no bird could be that small!

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  6. Whoa, this is amazing! I can't even begin to imagine working on such a tiny scale! You do some amazing work!

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  7. Love this piece so much! Just featured it on the &Stitches blog!

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