Wool makes the perfect runner for this design with a folk-art flavor.
• 52" x 11" rectangle green wool
for background • Scraps orange, rust, gold, and
bright and dark green wool • Backing 531/2" x 13" • All-purpose thread to match
backing • Embroidery thread to match and
contrast with appliqué shapes • Basic sewing tools and supplies
Cut appliqué shapes as directed using patterns given. Note: Use leaf patterns given as a guide; vary size and shapes to create diversity in design. Alternate use of bright and dark green in leaves with some having a dark base with bright layered top leaf and vice versa.
COMPLETING THE TOP
1. Fold the 52" x 11" wool rectangle along length and crease to mark the center. 2. Mark a point 81/2" down on each side on each end. 3. Connect the marks on the sides with the creased centerline at each end and cut along these lines to make pointed ends as shown in Figure 1.
4. Arrange and pin all appliqué shapes onto the background using the Placement Diagram and project photo as guides.
5. Hand-stitch pieces in place using a buttonhole stitch and 2 strands of matching or contrasting embroidery floss. 6. Use a thorn stitch and contrasting embroidery floss to add tail feathers to birds as shown in stitch drawing and referring to bird pattern for positioning.