Well, sorry in advance for all the crazy pictures but I am really proud of this one.
Here is the background info. . . I made this pillow for my mom's 50th b-day surprise party. My sister Sue and I live out of state and flew in from both sides of the coast to surprise my mom in Chicago. She was so excited and shocked we were there. It was great. I decided to embroider my mom's favorite bird on a throw pillow and then on the back put a passage from the bible with all our initials. This was the most advanced embroidery I have every done. I got the pattern from The Audubon's Birds iron on transfers and can say I love them. It was very challenging for me to try all these new stitches and shading and such but I can say now I am hooked. Well, enough jibber-jabber here are the pictures.
Here is the front. Sorry it was past midnight so it is dark.
Close-up of Chickadee
Close-up of Berries and stems. I used stem stitch.
My attempt at couching on the wings and tail and also split stitch
Little leafy border
Here is the text on the back. You can probably tell I rushed it on the initials they are a little wonky.
And I can't help myself here is my mom's reaction... Priceless!!!
I warned you about my obsession with this one and I am sorry for all the pictures. I can't wait to hear what you guys think.