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Free Hand Embroidery Pattern: Little Bird of Paradise


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It’s been a while since I’ve posted a free hand embroidery pattern here on Needle ‘n Thread! This one, I dug up from an old issue of Le Journal de Brodeuses, cleaned it up and digitized it so that I can use it as a project to demonstrate some techniques. I’ll show you that in the future. Right now, the whole concept is just bubbling about in my brain.

But in the meantime, I think it’s a great hand embroidery pattern for working simple stitches, so I thought you might want a copy of it, too!

Hand Embroidery Pattern: Little Bird of Paradise

You can obviously adapt this embroidery pattern to all different types of hand embroidery techniques. As a simple outline project, it would be a great way to practice simple line stitches, or you could go further with some great filling effects in the tail and wing feathers.

Here’s the printable pattern:

Little Bird of Paradise Hand Embroidery Pattern (PDF)

Whatever you do with it, I hope you enjoy it!

You can find many more free hand embroidery patterns right here on Needle ‘n Thread, if you’re looking for something to stitch up!

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  1. This is really uncanny. Last night my cousin came to spend the night with us. We watched a documentary on birds of paradise. We talked about how pretty it would be to stitch one. We even talked about how to get a pattern or make one, then this morning you posted this. God works in mysterious ways indeed!

  2. hola Mary..seguire paso a paso,,,me encanta la creatividad …y que mejor una Maestra,,como tu
    ..sera una buen guia a seguir en nuestros proyectos ,,,pero siempre colocando un poco de nosotras
    te Felicito por compartir

  3. I love her, and it’s amazing how she came to life once she got her eye!! Awesome! Looking forward to learning more about tambour.

  4. My mother did quite a few sets of pillow cases and runner sets when I was younger and decided to do the same for my adult sons each year for gifts. My problem is, they really don’t like flowers and other items that are more feminine for some reason! I was looking for something they might like and ran across your bird of paradise. I am pretty sure I can do some extra work and make it look more like one of those birds that go up in flame, to be reborn, and they’ll LOVE it! So, I appreciate your pages.

    1. I think you mean a Phoenix. I think that would work beautifully! Other masculine ideas might be deer, ship, monograms, sport items?

  5. Where can I buy 48-count, 100% filament silk canvas, beige or antique white, mounted on a mat-board frame with a 4×4 inch opening. That is what the instructions call for. Pattern is in latest issue of Piecework magazine on page 19. I have had no luck looking online. Jan Serignea.

    1. Hi, Jan – Assuming you’re in the US, you can find it through Needle in a Haystack online. If you go here to their fabric page: http://www.needlestack.com/fabric.html and scroll down to the Canvas, Silk Gauze, etc section, you’ll find it there. You’ll have to order a piece of it and mount it in a mat board cut to the size you want (at a local hobby / framing shop). You mount it by taping the overlap to the back of the opening using acid-free framer’s tape. So, if you’re opening is 4×4, you’ll want at least a 6×6″ cut, to give you a 1″ overlap on all sides.

  6. I want to buy the nice tambour needle/hook that you demo with in your beginner video. I can’t seem to find it on your web site. Is there a store that I could purchase it from or the brand name of that needle would be appreciated. I do not want it for beading but want it for use with embroidery thread. Any help would be appreciated.

  7. hi.i do crewel embrodery.can you tell me what size hoop wood or plastic will fit a piece of fabric that measures 15 inches by 18 inches.i am going to be starting a dimensions crewel kit. it is called rooster on black.the material is black in color.it is beautiful.i have thought about scroll bars ect. my craft store carries this stuff, but the reviews are badf for it.thank you.

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