This is a series of artworks inspired by a recent poll to choose 'Britain's National Bird'.  (http://www.votenationalbird.com) 

 

The pieces combine painting, patchwork and embroidery. 

 

None of the embroidery has been produced on a machine, it is all done freestyle by hand.  Whilst much more labour intensive, I find this far more effective when it comes to capturing the details of texture and the nuances in colour.

Some of the original artworks can be purchased from my Etsy shop - have a peek and see what's available! www.etsy.com/uk/shop/OfCatsandWren

'Britain's Favourite Bird'...
Embroidery and Textile Art

The top 10 favourite birds were:

1) Robin

2) Barn Owl

3) Blackbird

4) Wren

5) Red Kite

6) Kingfisher

7) Mute Swan

8) Blue Tit

9) Hen Harrier

10) Puffin

Robin

Barn Owl

Blackbird

Wren

The 'British Birds' Project

© 2017 OfCatsandWren Designs

Blackbird embroidery detail - head

'Blackbird' textile art by Jennifer Livingston Close up detail of head