Several years ago my brother Kipp and his family left their suburban home in Michigan and moved to a small Vermont homestead complete with time worn outbuildings and a babbling brook meandering through their property. While dreaming about this lifestyle change, my sister-in-law, Jennifer, always ended each discussion with… “And I want chickens.” One of the first things they did, after installing screening throughout the house, was get Jennifer her chickens. I wondered if the novelty would wear off, but it has not. She talks about idyllic afternoons of sitting on the front porch, rocking, smoking a corn-cob pipe (I kid you not!), watching her chickens and their daily antics. Not only are they are a constant source of entertainment, they also give them farm fresh eggs! It’s nice when dreams come true!
Today we are sharing the last of our November Appliques. As always The Barnyard Chicken Applique was designed to fit on a 6″ x 6″ block but can be reduced or enlarged to meet your needs. Cluck, cluck, cluck!
Barnyard Hen Applique DIRECTIONS
Refer to pattern and photo for applique placements and cutting instructions.
Make a copy of the pattern.
Cut out felt using the photo and pattern. Transfer any embroidery markings.
Position chicken on block. Using a running stitch, sew legs, beak and comb to block using 2 strands floss. The leg, beak and comb seam should be under the chicken.
Using a blanket stitch, sew chicken to block using 3 strands floss.
Using a blanket stitch, sew wing to chicken using 3 strands floss.
Using a stem stitch, embroider wing detail using 6 strands floss.
French knot an eye using 6 strands floss.