bird in hand

Over the last couple of days I’ve been stitching this goldfinch.

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I’ve read somewhere that people used to keep goldfinches in cages, they certainly are beautiful birds and often visit my garden, twittering away in small groups. I am not keen on caging birds, but did want to show the love I feel for these beautiful creatures. I added to the beauty of the bird by surrounding it with bullion stitch roses, one of may favourite things to embroider. I used my own hands as ‘models’, but just suggested their outline using backstitch – I didn’t want to detract from the bird with too much detail.

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Of course I’ve changed the relative scales of hands, bird and roses – that’s the joy of art – I can adjust objects in whichever way I choose!

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