Hello everyone! As promised, I've put together the tutorial for the peacock that I use on my crazy quilts. Peacocks were a very popular motif with the Victorians. They loved anything exotic! I've seen photos of Victorian crazy quilts with embroidered peacocks, satin stitched peacocks, cross stitched peacocks and painted peacocks! I myself have even used real peacock feathers on my crazy quilts.
This particular project is my own original design. I own the copyright! Please do not sell the pattern or the instructions. You may of course post a link on your blog or website to this tutorial. All I ask is that you give me credit as the designer.
I've taken a lot of photos to make it easy to understand so here goes! First, you'll need the pattern:
Once you have the stem stitching complete, carefully tear away the tracing paper and carefully remove from underneath your stitches:
Next, fold the yarn bundle in 1/2 where the bead thread knot is. Thread a needle with one strand of the bead thread and pull through to the back of your block:
Turn your block back to the front and using a glue stick, add a bit of glue at the top of the tail:
I pin my brooch on and then I also sew it down with bead thread.
Next, you'll want to add the "eyes" in the tail feathers. Use beads or sequins, whatever you like that adds some sparkle and holds the eyelash yarn in place:
You may want to trim your tail a little bit but I recommend that you wait until you sew your project together and then trim it. When you do your finishing, you'll want to pin up those dangling feathers so they don't get caught in your seam.