When it comes to wildlife paintings, John James Audubon is a well-known name.
Working in the 18th and 19th centuries, Audubon set out to paint and document
every species that he encountered. At the time, conservation and stewardship
efforts were non-existent. Audubon's enthusiastic and tireless work
in his later years set a standard for conservation, a legacy that endures today.
Bring the beauty and magnificence of Audubon's work to your embroidery projects
with designs inspired by Audubon's work. December's addition is below, and you
them all by visiting the
Audubon's Birds department, or scrolling down the page.
December's design is inspired by Audubon's plate, Snowy Owl. The magnificent
Snowy Owl is one of the largest species of owls. Its thick plumage, heavily
feathered taloned feet, and white coloration make the Snowy Owl well-adapted for
life north of the Arctic Circle. Befitting birds that make their home in
a land with midnight sun, Snowy Owls are not as nocturnal as other owls, but fly
abroad by day, searching for lemmings, rabbits, and other four-footed fare. When
lemming populations decline in the Arctic, they will fly as far south as the
United States to find food. They also migrate to the U.S. in the summer, where
they will take up residence in open fields, marshes, and beaches. The average
lifespan of a Snowy Owl in the wild is 9.5 years. The design is below, available in
four sizes. Click on the link to the size that
you need, and add the design to your basket.
and her Designer Diamond have been
making beautiful pieces of art with
the Audubon designs. Shown left are
Little Blue Heron,
Snowy Heron, and
Tundra Swan. Linda had her
embroidery professionally framed,
and it is stunning! If you're
interested in framing your pieces
click here for a free tutorial.
Embroidery Library has more than
80,000 designs that range from very simple to
very complex. The designs that are based on Audubon's work are considered very complex,
as they have
layering, shading, and highlighting that give the piece its realistic look.
When working with complex designs, choose a sturdy fabric with minimum stretch.
Canvas, denim, duck cloth, and corduroy are all examples of excellent fabric
choices. Use one piece of medium-weight cutaway stabilizer (2.0 or 2.5 ounce) as a
backing. Hoop the fabric and stabilizer together firmly.
Fabrics 101 articles are available for you to reference. These articles give
stabilizer, design, and needle recommendations for you to get the best results
from your stitching. And, this
Perfect Hooping tutorial shows methods of keeping the fabric and stabilizer
from slipping in the hoop.
If you have any questions, or want to show photos of how you've used this
design, we'd love to hear from you! Send an email to