The flying bird for the next page had to be worked separately because the layered background is not strong or substantial enough to support so much concentrated stitching in one area. I drew the outline first on white cotton fabric, quite roughly (as you can see!) and then worked the bird with long and short straight stitches in stranded thread. Once the stitching was complete, I could cut it out, leaving a little seam allowance, and apply the embroidered shape to the background, turning under the raw edge.
A little extra stitching corrected the shape slightly, and further secured it to the sky. Tomorrow I’ll say a little about lettering.