More like hello blackbird, as I did this sketchbook spread (a couple of years ago..) after encountering a blackbird sitting on a garden wall staring intently at some Buddleja Globosa.
I was quite taken with this plant, which I discovered is more commonly known by the simpler name of Orange Ball Tree. Such a great plant to draw and create designs from.
Transferring it to fabric was a no brainer really!
After some fast fuse applique, I got stuck into some hand embroidery.
The original plan was to stop there but in my usual fashion I wasn't happy until the whole piece was covered in stitch.
I took the design into the border with some stencilling and of course added Mr Blackbird.
Also, as if you have not already guessed, I have turned it into a pattern that I am giving away as a thank you to those who sign up for my Newsletter.
Click on the pic below if you would like to get a copy.