I’m still playing with the idea of translating Quaker motifs (that are normally worked in cross stitch) into designs suitable for surface embroidery. Here’s a free hand embroidery pattern of a bird-in-tree Quaker motif suitable for surface stitches.
Now, this is a pattern I really want to stitch. The first Quaker pattern I posted for surface embroidery stitches looked fun, but since I had already stitched it on paper in cross stitch, I find I’m a bit more eager to try a different design. I played again with some of the Mary Wigham designs offered on Needleprint, and this is one that I like a lot. I think it could be fun.
I “updated” the bird a bit after finding it a bit difficult to translate the gridded bird into something smoother for surface work. If you don’t particular like this bird, you can always sketch your own into the design, I suppose! (Don’t worry – I won’t be insulted!) In considering the bird, I wanted something suited to more than just an outline stitch. The wings, tail, and crest give some room for playing with fillings.
Here’s the pattern:
The double lines around the outside of the pattern would be a good place to practice composite stitches, like the raised chain band, or double herringbone stitch. Ladder stitch would work well there, too.
I’m thinking about filling the trunk of the tree with stem stitch in several shades of brown, working the branches in stem stitch in brown, and working the leaves in a couple of colors of green using daisy stitch. The small berries would be worked in red French knots, and I think the bird would be worked in a variety of stitches in red, though I’m still contemplating that one.
I was thinking this might a good design for a Christmas ornament, too. What do you think?
Here’s a PDF of the pattern: