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Arnold the Peacock

I’ve never been able to get into embroidery.  Which is particularly funny considering how a couple years ago I decided I wanted to learn how and so in true Erin style I dived right in, bought a hoop, needles, special scissors, a rainbow of DMC floss colors, and a handy carrying case to keep all my embroidery supplies in…all before I had tried one stitch.  I am crazy like that.

I tried to do a couple things over the years but couldn’t really get excited about anything.  That is until I came across a free vintage pattern I found on the internets.  (The pattern takes a few clicks to get to and is part of a multi-page vintage embroidery booklet but I found the pattern here.)

I was really excited about this project but then became daunted by the idea of transferring the pattern from paper to fabric.  So, I put it aside and the project stalled until last weekend when I needed a distraction from my current project and so I figured out what I needed to do and got to work.

A week later…

Peacock Embroidery I am in love.

As you may or may not know, peacocks are male.  Mine is named Arnold.  I think he is very regal looking.  See what I mean?

Peacock head embroidery close up

My favorite part of the embroidery is the feathers.  I used only one strand of floss (as opposed to the two stands I used for the rest of the project) to give them a light feather-like feel.  I also love the gold floss.

Peacock feather embroidery close up

For the most part this was a fairly simple embroidery.  I only used back stitch and french knots.  It was an easy beginner project but so satisfying because the end result looks more advanced.  And just in case you are wondering, embroidery = super fun + really easy.  Perhaps my embroidery supplies investment wasn’t such a crazy idea after all.

Peacock embroidery 2

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