Here we are at block #3 of the Block of the Month.
Block #2 was emailed out as the beginning of last month was very hectic indeed. But you can get it here.
Block #3 is a sweet little bird, get the PDF here.
To make block #3 you need to use the same techniques as used in blocks #1 and #2 then continue as follows…
Note: Depending on which way you want your bird to face – facing left trace right side up, facing right trace from wrong side of template.
When stitching the beak as it is such a tiny appliqué shape make sure you set your zigzag stitch on your machine smaller. Also when cutting it out sometimes it helps to add a little extra to the edge that will sit underneath the bird’s body.
After you have stitched around the body, wing, beak and tail pieces tear away the stitch-n-tear from the back of the block. Place the block back over the template and trace the tail/feathers, head swirl and eye with a removable marking pen. I have used a Frixion iron away pen in orange.
Thread your hand needle with two strands of DMC thread (whatever colour you want) and back-stitch the tail feather centre lines and the bird’s eye. Lazy-Daisy stitch the feathers on the tail in a second colour. Pick a third colour and back-stitch the head swirl.
For those who need a reminder of the stitches used, click here for a link to a free downloadable guide to embroidery stitches.
I’ll upload a photo of the finished block in the morning as I’m just putting the finishing touches on my little bird and need to take some pictures in better light.
Here is the photo of the finished block. I added a few French Knots along the edge of the head swirl because I felt this little bird needed a bit more of a flourish.