The bride and I searched through many a vintage bird illustration, simplified them with line and coloured them. Then came stitch samplers of various stages, I wanted to create different tone and texture through use of simple directional stitch. The wedding was very British and vintage tea party in theme so I was drawn to keeping the birds quite playful and craft like in their cross stitch, blackwork nature. The birds were finally stitched onto Liberty fabric so that the flower print detail would delicately show through some areas of the bird when appliqued onto the dress, the legs would then be stitched directly onto the dress lace so that it appeared that the birds were perched in the lace (a week before the wedding).
As well as the dress birds there were embroidered buttons to be made, guest book, and an evening fascinator.