European Starling Portrait Freehand Machine Embroidered


This European Starling is stretched and framed in a 12" wooden embroidery hoop or can come framed in a 12" black round picture frame.

This bird portrait is part of a larger artwork: The Genealogy of My Imaginary Family, I selected a variety of native birds that range from the familiar to the extirpated breeds from Maryland. I wanted them to feel like family portraits, arranged to create a narrative of subtle expressive reactions and silent dialogue. This European Starling was added for his youthful stare as he looks up to the Ruff in this series. This drawing is based on a photograph from a bird app. on my iPad

This portrait is created freehand on the sewing machine. Drawing each mark, value, and detail by manipulating the canvas under the moving needle. Each has a final result of a line drawing but with a more labor-intensive method that I chose as a dedication towards their preservation.

This bird portrait has been created by freehand stitching on a sewing machine! Otherwise, I draw with my sewing machine. There is absolutely No programing involved. I draw each portrait first as an ink drawing and use that to trace guidelines of the image on the canvas using a fabric marker that fades or washes away. Even though I may use the same drawing per bird, each becomes a one of kind due to the process that I use. Stitched in black on heavy duty cotton duck canvas fabric and is stretched in a 12" wooden embroidery hoop, ready to hang!
Hoop pieces are stretched and attached with double-stick tape to a wooden solid circle that is then framed with an embroidery hoop. The wooden panel is kept in the hoop by the pressure of the closure. This seems to work the best, due to hoops changing due to humidity, making it buckle at times. The double-stick tape allows you to peel away from the wooden panel and re-stretched. This really should not be a factor because it now being stretched on a solid wooden frame.

Great present for any Twitcher or birder!
Makes a great house warming or present to yourself

These also look beautiful as a grouping! Can be custom on a different color background or color of thread. Allow up to two weeks, for delivery. Please convo me if you need it earlier.

Proudly Made in Baltimore, MD, in a pet and smoke-free studio, by one woman, one at a time!

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I love my new starling piece! It’s just beautiful and added a missing touch to my dining room. I’ve had this little guy in my “favorites” for so long now and I’m thrilled to finally have him in my home. Jen was great to work with and it arrived so quickly. Love it!

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