Bird Needle Painting Embroidery Pictures by Customers
”I fell in love with this little acorn woodpecker as soon as I saw it. I had worked Tanja’s Purple Pansy a number of years ago and found needlepainting difficult. In the end, I was not thrilled with the results. But this little guy was just too enticing and I wanted to try the technique again.
As usual Tanja’s instructions were excellent and her openness to commenting on our work is so appreciated. Even though it took a few tries to get the eye right, I found this project a joy. I mean, at a time when the world is in such difficult straits, I found the stitching freeing and spirit lifting.”
Stitched by Harriet Alonso in New York, USA
”I was fortunate to take this class from Tanja at Fibre PotPourri (Alberta, Canada) in June.
As usual her kit and instructions were excellent.
However, if you can, I highly recommend taking her class. She is a wealth of knowledge and is an excellent teacher. The class had a nice pace and was presented well. The Woodpecker helped me to learn better multi directional thread control, stitch length and shading, thus improving my picture.”
Stitched by Karen Cowan in Alberta, Canada
“I am so pleased with how my Acorn Woodpecker embroidery turned out! This is my first attempt at thread painting. Even though I found the technique challenging, with Tanja’s expert instructions, diagrams, and photos along with her excellent and encouraging critiquing I was able to create something that I am very proud of!
This is the second class I have taken from Tanja, the first one being the Metal Thread Pendant Swirl, and I do plan to take another one in the future. Her kits are superbly assembled with great care. I highly recommend Tanja as a source for embroidery lessons, kits, and supplies!”
Stitched by Catherine Dennis in Ontario, Canada
”I was gifted this kit for Christmas and I loved it. This kit was extensive and so helpful. The techniques and stitches that I learned will be in future projects. I even have my next kit already purchased’
Stitched by Heather Long in SC, USA
”I liked this bird as soon as I saw it and I do not regret, Tanja not only makes very beautiful models but also the step by step for the realization is more detailed both by the text and by the diagrams.’
Stitched by Evelyne Favreau in France
‘A big thumbs up for Tanja’s online Acorn Woodpecker class! This was my first online class and it has exceeded my expectations. In the class format Tanja gives ongoing comments and suggestions on your work in progress, answers questions, and offers tips. However the gem of the class and what I especially appreciated is the PDF files, which cover in detail and with accompanying close up photos (priceless!) step by step instruction on how to work your embroidery. It is as if Tanja is looking over your shoulder and guiding your work. I have enjoyed and learned so much from this class–I am looking forward to trying some of Tanja’s other beautiful designs.’
Stitched by Susan Sanchez in California, USA
”When I saw the pictures of needle painting on Tanja’s website, I thought I needed to do the same but in a special way
I am a quilter also and I love embroidery, therefore I asked Tanja to transfer the drawings of four birds on my own fabric. I was thrilled she accepted to do it.
I really enjoyed each minute doing them. I am quite pleased with the results.”
Stitched and quilted by Claudette Lachapelle in Quebec, Canada
“I have completed four of Tanja’s needle painting projects (the pansy, acorn woodpecker, landscape, and this little baby burrowing owl) and have learned so much. I can feel my comfort level growing with each project.
Tanja’s instructions are so clear and her personalized comments just add to my pleasure and engagement with the project. I’m hoping to do some more needle painting projects with her.
I would love another landscape or some people if possible. And I would also love another on-line course as I participated in with the landscape. It was fun to see other stitchers’ work and hear their comments.
Thank you, Tanja!”
Stitched by Harriet Alonso in NY USA
“This was the first needle painting I have done and I was attracted to this idea as I love animals.
The instructions however were REALLY clear and detailed and I had no problem doing it- using the PDF from the book to help.
I was also really pleased with the detailed and prompt feedback I got which will make sure my next project is even better.
The project arrived really quickly and communication was excellent. I will definitely buy from Tanja in future.”
Stitched by Jaine Hollis in Fife, United Kingdom
Baby Burrowing Owl stitched by Ekaterina Ozerova in New Jersey, USA
Ekaterina worked the Baby Burrowing Owl from the A-Z of Thread Painting Book. She personalized her embroidery by changing the grass and adding dandelions which bring out the colour in the owls eyes.
Adding flowers to bird and animal embroideries is a great idea.
I design most of my embroideries to be taught over two days which means that regretfully I have to miss out flowers from some designs as there is not enough time to teach the animal and flowers in two days.
Please feel free to adapt any of my needle painting designs to suit your taste as Ekaterina did, Tanja.
“This was the first bird I have stitched and It has now given me the confidence to have ago at stitching more animal pictures, they are challenging but you are so pleased with yourself if you persevere and have ago.
Tanja has helped me alot and with her kits you can achieve more than you think you can”
Stitched by Shirley Chard in England, UK
“We are lucky enough to have owls that live on our property, mate, and raise their young.
A few years ago a baby owl was out of the nest (learning to fly) but on the ground at dusk. We watched as it walked over to a tree trunk leaning at a 40 degree angle and use it’s claws and a couple of hops to crawl up the tree trunk to a safe spot among the limbs. We have great horned owls here – but this baby borrowing owl has a special place on my bookshelf next to the grizzly bear and the goldwork lion.
Thank you Tanja.”
Stitched by Loretta Wahl in Placerville, CA, USA
“This was my first animal needle painting project and I chose it because it was graded beginner’s level. The instructions were everything a beginner like me needed, and it was exciting the see the fluffiness of the owl body take shape. I was hooked.”
Stitched by Maria Giovine in Florida, USA
“It took me 3 goes to get this little one ‘close to right’ in my eyes and I am grateful for Tanja’s positive feedback.
Thank you Tanja, he is beautiful in every way and really lovely to do.”
Stitched by Melanie Usher in Queensland, Australia
“This was my first attempt at needle painting and I loved it. The key to my success was working with Tanja at a workshop. We learned so much!
Since then I have done several more of her needle painting and goldwork kits – each one was a pleasure.
With Tanja at your side by email or in person, you will be sure to enjoy expanding your skill set”
Stitched by Anne Taller in Ontario, Canada
“The Needle Painting was a joy…as usual the directions complete, the threads provided were generous in quantity, the entire purchase and working of the kit worthwhile. I love the design.”
Gertrude added a individual touch by stitching a mouse under the birds foot 🙂
Stitched by Gertrude Myers in PA, USA
“I love doing animals and presently working on the Red Poll. I have done quite a few of your pictures and feel very comfortable with all your instructions”
Stitched by Beryl Burnett in Manitoba, Canada
“I loved making the chickadee and wanted it to become a pillow. Unfortunately it needed backing. I knew that ironing on backing wouldn’t work. A friend suggested I try quilting it onto a stronger fabric. My first attempt at quilting is what you see. The imperfections just prove it was not machine made.”
Stitched by Susan Charlton in BC, Canada
“This sweet little bird gave me many happy hours. Tanja’s instructions were clear and thorough.“
Embroidered by Cindy Russell in New Jersey, USA
“I had embroidered never needle painting. But the bird is immediately succeed because the instructions are very detailed, so good and so exactly. You need only patience.
The result is remarkable, the animals look living. Tanja, thank you very much for this very instructive lessons”
Embroidered by Danielle Weyland in Eisenach, Germany and in Amiens, France
“When I saw that this needle painting workshop was being held fairly close to home, I jumped at the opportunity.
I had already taken a blackwork cyberclass from Tanja and knew how detailed her instructions are. She leaves nothing to the imagination. I was hoping to learn a lot about needle painting and was not disappointed.
I am now confident that I can tackle other needle painting projects and come away with a good result”
Stitched by Pat Bellinger in Illinois, USA
“Although I had tried needle painting before with flowers, this was my first attempt at a bird. I loved the class with Tanja.
Her great teaching technique along with the very detailed instructions made it easy to achieve a realistic little bird on my piece of fabric.
I loved watching him come alive with each stitch and was extremely happy with the end result. I’ll definitely be stitching more of Tanja’s designs”
Stitched by Sharon Burrell, Canberra, Australia
Stitched by Katherine Fell in Hamilton, New Zealand
“This was my first attempt at Needle Painting, and I’m so glad I tried it!
Tanja’s instructions are absolutely fabulous, with detailed diagrams that really help a newcomer feel confident in this technique.
Don’t be fooled by the size of the designs – there is a lot going on in these wonderful little birds. I’m looking forward to trying more of these wonderfully realistic designs!”
Stitched by Susan MacRae, PA, USA
Tanja’s clear instructions enabled me to successfully stitch this beautiful little blue bird and her advice will help improve my stitching for future projects.
I can’t wait to start another of Tanja’s wonderful designs!
Stitched by Marguerite Gibson in Victoria, Australia
“This has been another fun project thanks to Tanja’s delightful design and precise instructions that guide you every step of the way. Maria Giovine, New York City and Naples, FL.”
Stitched by Maria Giovine in New York, USA
“The instructions and illustrations are clear and easy to follow. The directions and charts are very detailed making successful completion inevitable. The final product is a beautiful example of thread painting.”
Stitched by Jan Mazourek in Florida, USA
“Thank you for such a wonderful workshop.
With your guidance and excellent pattern instructions I really enjoyed learning this technique and was able to successfully complete my project.
The best part was stitching in the eye fleck at the very end and suddenly this little bird was looking at me!”
Stitched by Barbara Sargent in Alberta, Canada
I loved working this bluebird and blossoms needlework kit.
Since this was only my second needle painting project, the thorough and easy to follow instructions were a big help.
Stitched by Stacey Tucker in TN, USA and won best in show at the Tennessee State Fair.
“This little bird was a delight to stitch. I enjoy the creative freedom of thread painting under Tanja’s excellent guidance.”
Stitched by Louise Berry in Tennessee, USA
“I am a HUGE fan of Tanja Berlin’s designs and her kits. I have now finished the Eastern Blue Bird and her Iris.I found her directions easy to follow and as a result-both pieces turned out beautifully. I will continue to purchase more kits and work on mastering the art of needle painting. Thank you Tanja for your expertise and the joy of stitching your designs!.”
Stitched by Audrey Burton in Virginia, USA
“This was my first try at thread painting. I am so glad that I started with one of Tanja’s beautiful designs. The detailed instructions were invaluable to ensure I was successful. I am so pleased with the result.”
Stitched by Kathleen Egan in Florida USA
“I enjoyed watching the bluebird come to life with the help of your excellent instructions and my needle and thread. I am always caught off guard, once I have stitched the eye, by the lifelike appearance of a bird or animal; indeed I stitch the remainder of the beak in trepidation, lest I should injure the bird in poking it!”
Stitched by Elizabeth Hoerning in NY, USA
“I’m learning with you and I really appreciate your comments.“
Stitched by Laura García-Vega Redondo in Spain who changed the colour of the blue bird to entirely blue!
“This is my first attempt at needle painting, and all in all I’m happy with my little bird. I learned a lot along the way, and found that the process is somewhat forgiving, thankfully! It was very helpful to have Tanja’s kit and instructions as a beginning project.”
Stitched by Carol Hall in Washington, USA
“I really enjoyed stitching the little fellow.
Every time I do one of your kits, I feel like I come out the other end better at some stitch or other. This time, it’s my long and short stitch.”
Stitched by Sarah Hearn in Ontario, Canada
“My first try at needle painting. This would not have turned out this good if it weren’t for Tanja’s clear instructions in the kit.”
Stitched by Johanna Legge in Vancouver, BC, Canada
“Enjoyed the workshop with Tanja very much – a good teacher and a beautiful design.”
Stitched by Connie McCart in Vancouver, BC, Canada
“I learned so much working on it and hope to be brave enough to try to design one of my own someday.”
Stitched by Katharine Thomas, New Hampshire, USA
“When I purchased the kit for this Red Poll birdie I also purchased a second printed fabric for me to stitch and give away as a gift.
When I finished this one shown here I asked Tanja for comments. She provided several, one being she would have the white line in the eye (glint) just minutely shorter as it looks more like a line than a glint and gives the bird a bit of a sly look. A slightly shorter line will soften the expression of the bird. If it is too short and does not show up, just add another stitch on top.
My plan is to incorporate her comments into my second worked piece and then decide which eye glint I like best.
Also Tanja instructions were clear and her provided photo of the stitched Red Poll was extremely helpful in my deciding thread placement.”
Stitched by Noelle Ferry in Virginia, USA
“When I first saw the pictures of Tanja’s needle painting I thought, “I want to do that!”
When I saw the pieces in person I was convinced that I was in over my head, but Tanja’s teaching and her through instruction booklet had me hooked.
I can’t wait to begin another of her wonderful pieces!”
Barbara Hayden in Texas, USA
“The bark, feet and berries, which are done mostly in stem and satin stitches, add a nice variety to this needle painting kit. This is an intermediate design and I found it challenging, especially the feathers, but ultimately extremely rewarding. I am going to undertake the advanced level field mouse next.”
Stitched by Maria Giovine in Florida, USA
“I would recommend this project to anyone looking for an intermediate-level challenge. The instructions are detailed and easy to follow. I am quite pleased with the results. I especially enjoyed working on blending the breast feathers (the lights and darks)”
Stitched by Margaret Cobleigh in California USA
The instructions were clear and precise. The Robin worked up quickly and was a Fantastic project for the summer. As I stitched in our summer room, I watched the Robins in our back yard, and thought how similar mine looked to them.
Thanks Tanja for many enjoyable hours of stitching.”
Stitched by Beryl Burnett in Manitoba, Canada
“I have always admired beautiful threadpainting, but thought it unattainable for myself until I took a class with Tanja Berlin.
The way she breaks the piece up into “doable units”, and gives precise instructions gave me the confidence and ability to complete this piece.
It has whetted my appetite to do and learn more in this embroidery technique, the confidence and the ability to complete this piece”
Carol DuVall in Texas, USA
If you have stitched one of my designs, I would love to feature a picture of your embroidery on my website.
If you would like your embroidery picture on my website please email me with a picture of your embroidery and optional comment, thanks, Tanja.