Needle Painted Eastern Blue Bird

I recently took a three-day needle painting workshop from Tanja Berlin , a graduate of the Royal School of Needlework. I have been wanting to learn this technique for some time but just never took the leap. I am usually pretty good at following instructions from books but for some reason this technique eluded me. Tanja is an excellent teacher. I would  recommend her to anyone wanting to put on a needle painting workshop.

Tanja Berlin's Eastern Blue Bird

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She began by having us trace the blue bird pattern onto velum tracing paper using a pencil. Then using a pricking tool, pricked holes along the design. Then we placed the tracing paper onto the fabric. We then rubbed pounce over the pricked tracing paper. Next we drew over the pounce lines using a sharp HB pencil. This process took a half day to do.

Tools of the trade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below is what I was able to accomplish during the remaining 2 1/2 days.

Eastern Blue Bird in Progress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stay turned for updates on this project (one among many, I am afraid).