Amongst the comments were a few request for classes... Will I teach it? One should never say never, but I don't think so. I feel a bit mean but this kind of work is just about the only embroidery I do now just for me. Most of my work is designed with classes and instructions in mind and it is a completely different way of working - taking notes and keeping track of quantities, keeping time frames in mind, writing and drawing up diagrams - in fact, the stitching is the easy part. So I am afraid that, at least for now, the answer is no, I am sorry but I won't be teaching it.
It has made me think a lot about teaching though. I absolutely love to teach. There is something really, really special about sharing something you love in that way. But it has made me think a lot about the way we often teach embroidery and I need to ponder on that a bit more before I share some of those thoughts...
For now I feel a little bit 'between projects', so while I decide what to start next (a large crewel project?, a goldwork pomegranate?, perhaps another raised embroidery floral design? or the next figure - a character lazily floating on clouds?) I have been reaching for my 'Between Projects' project.
Apart form the beak the bird itself is finished. The legs were fun - two parallel rows of coral knots, with the knots off-set to give them that 'knobbly' look and bullion knot toes. Yes, bullion knots! I don't use these knots very often at all. It would have to be my least favourite stitch of all stitches - we don't get on bullion knots and I. Anyway, they worked for this.
All around the bird is a repetition of leaves and blossom, all the same shape and similar in size. So that the overall look won't be busy and confusing to look at - they need to all be embroidered in the same way. The leaves were pretty straight forward - all worked in soft shading. The delicate blossom are worked in four simple stitches - fly stitch, satin stitch, detached chain (lazy daisy) and pistil stitch. I'll show you how tomorrow...