I really enjoyed the book, but I only picked it up as it had a copy of one of my favourite paintings on the cover! 'The Goldfinch by Carel Fabritius which hangs in The Mauritshuis in The Hague, we lived there for more than seven years and I often visited it. It is a small painting but very poignant, the poor little bird is chained to his perch.
Last year I was looking for a new design for my embroidery class, I knew I wanted to try a silk shaded bird, hopefully one that visits my garden regularly and was a little colourful! I have seen a Goldfinch only once in the 6 years we have lived here and of course it flew away before I managed to get a photo of it! I found this image online
With the help of my embroidery teachers I started to try and recreate it in threads. I am using DMC stranded cottons. It seems a little counter intuitive but you start at the tail...
and work towards the head, at this point I was a little worried that I had made him look sinister!
Once the rest of head was stitched he looked much better!
He is all mounted and ready to frame - it was tough going mounting the embroidery and very hard on the hands :( I have to confess my teacher Sophie did most of it!
Here he is in all his glory :)