Below is the Work in Progess pictures of a Eastern Blue Bird on Blossom Branch worked in the method of Needle painting.

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1: Tail Feather and Body Outline

2: Breast and Wing

5: Head, Blossoms and Branch

6: Leaves

Close up of the Head

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The Blue Bird 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 a off white 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.


The embroidery is worked from the background to the foreground so that a dimensional picture is created. I used one strand of DMC floss in the needle at the time.

  1. The design is transferred onto the fabric using the prick and pounce method. The tail feather is worked first in spit stitch and satin stitch and then the top side of the body is outlined in split stitch.

  2. The breast and wing are worked in rows of long and short stitch. The long and short stitches stitches of the wing cover the split stitch outline on the body making a smooth edge.

  3. The second wing is worked in lines of split stitch.

  4. The throat and head are worked in rows of long and short stitch.

3: Breast and Second Wing

4: Throat and Head

  1. The head is worked in rows of long and short stitch. The eye and blossoms are worked in satin stitch. The branch is worked in stem stitch.

  2. The Leaves are worked in satin stitch working the background leaves first.

  3. The leaves and beak are worked in satin stitch.

  4. Stem stitch veins are worked on the leaves.

 7: Leaves

8: Stem Stitch Veins


Height: 3 inches (7 1/2 cm)     Width: 3 1/4 inches (8 cm)


Tracing the design, prick and pounce method of transfer, drawing on the design and placing the fabric into the stretcher bar frame: 2 hours


35 hours


Smooth good quality 100% cotton muslin Fabric: Southern Belle


24 shades of DMC embroidery floss, using one strand in the needle at one time.

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