I’m a huge fan of Lakshmi’s peacock.She embroiders one of the most beautiful peacocks.So, when I saw peacock patterns on Barbara’s blog, I decided to embroider one of my own.She has 3 peacock patterns on her blog and if time permits, I would like to embroider all 3.I’ll give you the exact link for this peacock at the end of my project but my advice is – go and explore her blog.There’re lots of beautiful patterns to choose from.My favourites – women in flowing gowns, holding baskets, flowers…Oh, I love them all!Every week, I would save her pattern thinking that’s the most beautiful but the very next week, she would surprise me with a better pattern.So, I ended up saving ALL her patterns!
My peacock has begun to take shape.As you can see, I’d embroidered the head and crest.The white patch around the eye is not in the original pattern.I embroidered it to give the peacock a realistic look.For the head, satin stitch was used with 2 strands of silk thread.The crest is stem stitch – 2 strands of stranded cotton (2 strands from the 6-strand thread).
Blue beads were sewn on top of the crest.The body’s a combination of satin and long and short stitches, depending on the width.I’d made a few parallel stitches on the body.By doing this, I’ll know the ’flow’ of my thread – in which direction I should stitch.
By working the straight stitches here and there, I gradually filled up the spaces in between and completed the body of the peacock.In my next post, I’ll show you how to embroider the wings.
To view completed project, please click here.