The Kreinik website offers several free hand embroidery projects, but the most interesting one – and the most detailed – is a little stumpwork bird pattern by Jean Fletcher. Guess what I like about it?
Well, besides the fact that it’s stumpwork, it features a bird! And I’m really fond of birds. Besides the bird, though, there are very pretty blue flowers – what more could you want?!
When I first saw the pattern, I was, admittedly, a little distressed by the bird itself, as it wasn’t familiar to me and I didn’t much like the colors. But then I looked up the crimson chat, a bird native to Australia, and it grew on me! It’s a great little bird!
This stumpwork freebie includes a full list of supplies, and detailed instructions for the Crimson Chat in PDF format.
The project features Kreinik’s Silk Mori, a thread that I haven’t actually used. I was turned off Kreinik silk a while ago, when there was some kind of strange cuffuffle in the Soie d’Alger line from Au Ver a Soie – about six years ago, the Soie d’Alger was sold with a Kreinik lable. The Kreinik threads did not match the Soie d’Alger color-wise (just slightly off) and they seemed stiffer and duller to me. So I gave Kreinik a miss for a while.
However, I’ve heard very good things about this thread from other stitchers and have added it to my “List of Threads to Try This Year.”
If you’ve wanted to try stumpwork, this is an inexpensive way to venture into it: there’s no kit fee. I suppose that you could substitute threads in your stash – which would be an economical way to experiment.