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Branch and Feet

Tail Feather and Body

Top of Body and Back of Head

Completed English Robin

Close up of the Robin

Close up of the Bluebells

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The English Robin with Bluebells is worked in the method of needle painting which is the blending of straight long and short stitches using different shades of DMC floss.

The embroidery is worked on 100% cotton Southern Belle muslin fabric in a 9 inch by 9 inch stretcher bar frame. The fabric is pinned onto the stretcher bar frame so that it is drum tight.

After 2018 I will be selling this design as a kit and as an on-line class. Prior to that the embroidery will be offered as an embroidery class at stitching seminars in Canada and the USA.


Then branch is worked worked first in stem stitch and then the feet in satin stitch.

Then the tail feather is worked in long and short stitch and then the body is started in long and short stitch.

More of the body is worked in long and short stitch.

Then the wing is worked in long split stitch.

Body of the Robin


The top of the body and the back of the head are worked next in long and short stitch.

The remainder of the body is worked in long and short stitch and then the beak and the eye.

The leaves next to the branch are worked next in long and short stitch and then the stem of the blue bells is worked in stem stitch.

Finally the the blue bells are worked in satin stitch.

Leaves and Stem of the Bluebells

Completed English Robin with Bluebells


Height: 3 ¼ inches (8 ¼ cm)     Width: 2 ¾ inches (6 ¾  cm)


Tracing the design, prick and pounce method of transfer, drawing on the design and placing the fabric into the stretcher bar frame: 1 hours


25 Hours


Southern Belle Muslin Fabric


27 shades of DMC embroidery cotton, using one strand in the needle at one time.

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