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Amazing Mexican Bird Fiesta Tapestry Cushion Kit.

This vibrant design is inspired by the beautiful Mexican folk art embroidery called Otomi. Traditionally used to decorate clothing and household linens, it includes stylised animals, flowers and birds. Patterned in waved stripes using bright, often contrasting colours, these folk art designs are simple but effective.

The design uses all of the field, with tiny shapes and flowers.

The embroiderer first hand draws the pattern with a crayon or pencil, and designs can be symmetrical for clothing. Each piece is unique. Embroidery commences in satin stitch using a tambour needle, which catches the stitches from the reverse and pulling through to the front. This is a quick way of filling large areas.

My design features a brilliant bird, richly detailed pattern in vibrant colours on a black background. The background is completely filled with flowers, butterflies, sacred hearts, a snail, dots and spots. A scattering of roccaille beads is added last for extra sparkle .

The design is framed by a richly coloured geometric border, which highlights the individual jewel colours of each feather.

Sewn by needlepoint, the best result is if you use a frame.

The photo gallery shows images of this design as a work in progress. You can see how I have been working on the right-hand side of the border, bringing in part of the central bird in as I complete each section. Then moving across the top of the design working on the border and some of the main section. The beads and the gold thread stitches are at the end.

Anchor Tapestry wool

Size 18 tapestry needles

Zweigart 12 HPI blank Interlock canvas

Full colour and symbol chart

Colour symbol palette


Chart folder

Wool organiser cards

Organza wool bag

Gift bag packaging

Rocaille beads

Animal Fayre Designs Design Charts are subject to copyright and can not be copied and resold. They are for personal use only.

15.3" x 13.6" 38.5cm x 38.5 cm

Mexican Bird Fiesta Needlepoint Cushion Kit


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