Partridge in a Pear Tree Wreath & Ornament
sizes: wreath, 15"; hen, 5"x5", dove, 4-1/2"x6"; swan, 5"x5-1/2"; goose, 5"x5-1/2"; pear, 7-1/2"x14"
- Wire wreath form, 9”x10-1/4”
- WoolFelt (National Nonwovens)
- 6-strand Embroidery Floss (DMC): flesh; green
- Fiberfill stuffing
- Black E beads
- Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints (Delta Creative): Trail Tan; Bamboo; Antique White; Apple Green; Pale Mint Green; White
- Tulip Slick Dimensional Fabric Paint (iLoveToCreate): Black
- Needles: sewing; embroidery
- Straight pins
- Sewing machine and matching threads
- Iron and pressing board
- 1. Print and cut out patterns. (Note: Add a 1/4” seam allowance to patterns throughout, stitching a 1/4” from outside edge.)
- 1. Cut pears from muslin pieces to make six pears. Pin each pair together and machine stitch them together leaving a 1-1/2” opening for turning. Clip corners; turn pears right side out. Firmly stuff pears, pushing stuffing into far corners first. Hand sew openings closed.
- 2. Working over a protected surface like wax paper, use 1/2” paintbrush to apply Apple Green paint over one stuffed muslin pear at a time. Highlight wide center area with Antique white. Let dry.
- 3. Cut 18 leaves from muslin and felt. Pair and pin each muslin leaf to a felt leaf. Machine sew 1/4” inside cut edge of leaf, making a single seam that contours all the way around. Stitch up the center of the leaf to form the vein. Make two more v-shaped seams from the center vein seam. Trim threads and then repeat for remaining leaves.
- 4. Use dry brush to apply Antique White highlights to raised areas of muslin side of each leaf, leaving seamed areas unpainted to resemble darker veins. Let dry.
- 1. Note: Follow these instructions to make matching bird ornaments, substituting patterns and using photo as embellishing guide.
- 2. Cut two partridges from muslin. Pin the pieces together sew 1/4” from outside edge, leaving a 1-1/2” opening at base for turning. Trim away excess selvage fabric from the beak, feather and tail areas. Turn bird right side out using a knitting needle to carefully poke out small areas. Stuff small areas first, using needle to help guide the stuffing. Firmly stuff bird hand sew opening closed.
- 3. For eyes, use white thread to sew black bead to opposite sides of the bird’s head. Make repeated stitches between each bead to pull them into the head. Tie a secure knot and trim thread.
- 4. Brush antique white paint onto chest area, top feather and beak. Paint middle section of bird Bamboo, and back and tail areas Trail Tan. Let dry. (Note: If making an ornament, repeat painting both sides of bird.)
- 5. When dry, use the dimensional paint to outline color changes, top feather and beak. Paint wavy chest feathers over the antique white paint as shown.
- 6. For ornaments, use embroidery needle to stitch a full thickness of floss into top of the bird for a hanging loop. Pull 4” of floss through, bring ends together and tie overhand knot.
- 1. Position two pears at base of wreath so bases touch each other. Stack base of next two pears on top of tops of first pears. Add one more pear on either side to complete the circle. When desired arrangement is achieved, leave bottom center pear in place and set others aside. Use six strands of floss to sew back of pear to wire wreath form. Knot and trim threads. Continue stitching one pear at a time to wreath.
- 2. Leaves are decorative and conceal exposed wire form. Position four leaves between two top pears and two leaves between two bottom pears. Position three leaves between four remaining pear connections on sides of the wreath. Flip wreath over and use six strands of floss to stitch leaves to wire form.
- 3. Position partridge in center of wreath. Turn wreath over and carefully sew base of bird to tops of bottom two pears, knot and trim thread. Sew end of tail to a side pear and top feather to a top pear.
by Heidi Boyd