Flocking around the flamingo tree on this happy holiday!
The Volume 113 Nov/Dec issue features instructions for making the Beaded Flamingo card. The instructions on the blog will cover how to make the Feather & Sequined Flamingo and the Felt Wing Flamingo.
All cards use the Fabulous Flamingo collection. Perfect Embroidery Pro was used for making modifications to the design.
Feather & Sequined Flamingo
The embroidery design technique is the same as the Beaded Flamingo. If you missed the steps in the magazine, follow along here. Otherwise, scroll down to the Embellishing section within this blog.
Overview: The goal is to replace the fill stitches for the main part of the flamingo body with an outline stitch. The original design does not have an outline but we will create one in Perfect Embroidery Pro.
At the Computer
Open Birds of a Feather-17 in Perfect Embroidery Pro.
Delete the text: “Birds of a feather flock together”.
Select the second thread color in the sequence, Bashful Pink. This is the main part of the flamingo body.
With the second thread color still selected, right click. Select Utility. Create Outline.
A new window appears.
Change the default from .08 to .00. Click Apply. There’s now an artwork outline around the flamingo body. Note, this is artwork, not stitches. I changed the color to a dark purple so you can see the outline a little better in the screenshot.
Delete the original color 2. Then rearrange the color sequence so the outline of the flamingo body is now the second thread color in the sequence.
Change the Color to Bashful Pink.
With the artwork selected, right click. Select Convert To / Run. Click Apply.
In the Properties box, select Bean and click Apply.
Save the design in the appropriate machine format and send to the embroidery machine.
Hoop a piece of felt in a 5” x 7” hoop. Stitch the design. Trim the flamingo leaving 1/8” of felt all around the flamingo.
For this flamingo, I opted for the Pink Glitter Glue. Based on my earlier testing, the glue does secure sequins. But it does take longer for the glue to dry. No problem!
I applied the glitter glue to the entire flamingo. The photo shows a conservative amount but I did add more. I wasn’t concerned about applying glue to the entire flamingo at once. The glue takes awhile to dry.
Apply the sequins, one by one. The packaging I purchased included three different sizes of sequins. I used all three sizes for variety. While it might strike you as tedious to attach each sequin, not everything is created in an instant. Some things do take time.
Once I filled the flamingo with sequins, I did a spot check to see if there were any open spaces. I added more sequins. I even layered them because you really can’t have too many sequins.
Next, I decided a feather would be the perfect finishing touch but when I auditioned it, I discovered the pink was not the right shade.
Fabric spray paint is the solution! This is the tricky part. Don’t get overly excited when spraying the feather. You will drench it and make a mess.
Instead, be judicious. Gently apply the spray paint to the feather. Take your time. The flamingo that wins the race is not always the fastest. I sprayed two feathers to give me options.
Let the feathers dry. Then attach the most appropriate feather using FabricTac glue or for faster results, attach with a hot glue gun.
Use some rhinestones to create a necklace (and hide the area where you attached the feather.
Finishing the Card
Select a fun card stock to create your card. The words “Flamingo Navidad” were created in Adobe Photoshop Elements with font, AR BONNIE. The font is also found in Microsoft Word. Use your favorite font style and program to create your own text. Place additional embellishments as desired.
Use a hot glue gun to secure the flamingo embroidery to the card.
Fabulous Flamingo cards are sure to make everyone smile! Give them to family, friends and coworkers. Make a stack and deliver them to shut-ins and nursing home residents. You’ll have as much fun making them as you’ll have seeing everyone’s reactions when they receive them.
Purchase the design collection here.