embroidery project: vintage birds

So in addition to the doily that I made during an embroidery class at the Stitch Lab earlier this year, I also worked on this piece, which I finally got around to framing last week. After falling in love with this vintage bird embroidery I found on Flickr, I decided to use it with a new-to-me image transfer technique: printable fabric. 

I printed the image out onto printable silk, removed the paper backing, and ironed it to a navy blue cotton. I then stitched over the image's lines using a lovely greenish gold floss, passing the needle through both the silk and the cotton.

I love the final image and had a lot of fun experimenting with stitches. If I were to do it again though, I would try another transfer technique. I would have loved to have seen the floss directly against the navy background; I think the color would have really popped. The printable silk is better suited for full-color images, like photographs, which could be beautifully embellished with different stitches. Have you ever tried stitching on printable fabric? What did you think?


  1. Beautiful!! I've never heard of printable fabric, I probably would have done it the hard way and tried to print on tissue paper, ha!

  2. Wow, this is incredibly gorgeous!

    PS. I embroidered my first thing ever the other day! My mom gave me a bunch of vintage napkins, so I bought an iron-on embroidery book and made "nerd napkins" with test tubes and beakers. They debut at a dinner party I'm having tomorrow!

  3. Thanks for the lovely comments, everyone!

    Melissa, I'm so excited to hear that you gave embroidery a shot! I saw the pic of the napkins on your blog; they look lovely!


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