Superb Lyrebird


The embroidery design measures 8cm X 12.5cm wide (3 1/4" x 5").

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Raised Embroidery
*** LEVEL 3 ***

Superb Lyrebird is an exciting project if you have some prior experience with Raised Embroidery and are looking for something slightly more challenging to further develop your skills.

The idea for the Superb Lyrebird was born during a workshop where a participant asked if I would do an Australian animal. My initial answer was that I was unlikely to be stitching koalas or kangaroos but then we got talking about birds. The Superb Lyrebird is a ground dwelling bird native to Australia. It is a rather insipid looking bird, until it opens out its magnificent tail of long, white airy fronds flanked by a pair of large, magnificent lyre-shaped feathers.

The Superb Lyrebird is embroidered onto pale mint green silk fabric using stranded silks, fine metallic thread and highlighted with gold spangles and glass beads. The dimensional bird is created using a variety of techniques, such as padded needlelace, embroidered slips, woven picots and wired shapes for the large, lyre shaped tail feathers. Wire edged leaves and a highly padded raised stem band branch add dimension to the foliage.

The detailed instructions and diagrams will help guide you step by step through the project.

I hope you will get as much pleasure embroidering your Superb Lyrebird as I did.

Happy Stitching, Anna

Kit Contents


* INSTRUCTION BOOKLET with detailed, step-by-step instructions and diagrams

* Full size patterns & templates for the detached elements

* Pale mint green silk dupion with the design marked, ready to stitch

* Quilter’s muslin backing fabric

* 2 pieces of cotton homespun

* Wool felt

* 18 stranded silk threads

* 5 shaded stranded silk threads

* 1 fine metallic thread

* Perlé cotton

* 2mm gilt spangles

* 3mm gilt spangles

* Glass seed beads

* 5 needles

* 2 lengths of beading wire

* Adhesive plastic film & card for needle lace




* 30cm (12″) square stretcher frame and thumbtacks (OR – 22cm (9″) embroidery hoop, with both rings bound)

* 10cm (4″) embroidery hoop (inner ring bound

* Hoop stand, weight or small clamp. (To hold your hoop or frame allowing you both hands free)

* Light coloured sewing thread

* White sewing thread

* Beeswax

* Fine embroidery scissors

* Small pliers (or old scissor for cutting fine wire)

* Tweezers (for shaping wire)

* Sharp HB pencil (a mechanical pencil it perfect)

* Baking (or tracing) paper & Tape

Highly recommended, but not essential:

* Curved, Fine tip embroidery scissors



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Extra Information

Stitches Used: blanket stitch |chain stitch | cordonnet | corded detached blanket stitch | couching | detached chain | fly stitch | French knot | needlewoven picot | overcast stitch | raised stem stitch | satin stitch | split back stitch | stem stitch | straight stitch |trailing |

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