Embroidery Floss Projects

It’s spring and the birds are retuning to the garden. I’ve seen and heard robins, red wing black birds, cardinals, bluejays, sparrows, nuthatches, woodpeckers and more.

And look … here is a rare bird sighting.
It’s a … ah … um … duh … Flossie bird.

Flossie Bird at craftygardener.ca

This bird isn’t found in any birding book but you can catch a glimpse of it at Attic 24. It was a fun and quick pattern to make up. Of course I had to tweak it a bit and instead of using yarn I used embroidery floss.  I save them for small needlework projects or perhaps I save them because I just can’t throw anything away. And wouldn’t it be just the same as using crochet thread, except it would be just a bit thicker and come in a variety of colours. Well, now I’ve got a new way to use them up because I don’t do much embroidery or needlework anymore.

With spring coming I think I need some more flossie birds to hang in a tree.  I love having little projects to work on while watching some of my favourite shows on tv … Miss Fisher mysteries, Father Brown, Coronation Street, A Place to Call Home, and more British tv shows.

Here are two colourful camera straps made out of embroidery floss.  I guesstimated (don’t you just love neat words?) how many stitches were needed to wrap around the strap and worked a few rows in double crochet with a 3.5 cm hook. After measuring and readjusting a couple of times I got the right width (15 seemed to work well). From then on it was just continue in dc until I had the right length. Then it was a quick row of joining to form the tube and then slipping them onto the straps.  I suppose I could of worked it in the round by joining the first stitch but it didn’t occur to me at the time.

crocheted camera straps at craftygarddener.ca

I’m hoping the bright colours don’t scare the birds away … but it just might attract more flossie birds. And perhaps it will be a great conversation starter and I’ll meet more photographers on my favourite walks down by the bay or out and about on my travels. If you see someone with a colourful camera strap, please stop and say Hi, it just might be me.

These strap covers have been washed numerous times so it is time to start working on new ones and this time I’ll work it in the round.

Besides these 2 projects I’ve also used embroidery floss to add features to the little felt birds I made.  The patterns either came from Creative Cain Cabin,  Downeast Thunder Farm or Bugs & Fishes.  This collection of felt birds is used to decorate nature tree at Christmas.

http://www.craftygardener.ca/stitching-little-felt-birds/ http://www.craftygardener.ca/stitching-little-felt-birds/

I’m an avid reader and also crochet bookmarks with embroidery thread.


I’ve made keychains or fobs using plastic canvas and embroidery floss.  The pattern shows one that I made for Girl Guide leaders but the pattern was changed to make other ones as well.  This pattern piece is 20 holes wide by 60 holes long, with the center piece being one 5 holes wide.

key chains/fobs made with plastic canvas and embroidery floss at craftygardener.ca

That covers 5 embroidery floss projects that I’ve made over the years to share with Five on Friday

I’ve still got lots of embroidery thread left so I’m thinking about what to make next. Do you have any suggestions for me?

I’m also sharing with The Really Crafty Link Party and Hookin on Hump Day.


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  1. Robin

    Hi Linda, you are so creative. Love all your crafts especially the little felt birds.
    Take care.

  2. Kea

    Oh, I adore that flossie bird! So cute! What a great way to use up your embroidery thread. I also love your camera strap covers. That reminds me to recharge my batteries for the Fuji, for Dad’s visit. LOL. And that I’d actually like a longer strap for that camera, so I can wear it cross-body if possible (it’s a bridge camera, large and heavy like a DSLR would be without the added lenses). I find wearing that weight around my neck difficult for long periods. Your felt birds are so sweet too. Is there no end to your creative abilities? 😀

  3. What a wonderful collection of craftiness! I love the flossie bird, very cute. I have made strap covers for my camera in a similar – but in the round – way and they make it nicer to hold on to I have to say – and easy to spot too!

  4. Wonderful crafts Linda they are all so cute . Oh I like those British shows to plus many more I have seen and like , like Home Fires , Call The Midwife , Midsomer Murders and many many more . I like the new Canadian shows Anne , Time After Time and I love Murdock Mysteries so many good ones on now glad we PVR them all and stream . Lovely photos . Thanks for sharing , HAVE a good evening .
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  5. I haven’t seen a Flossie Bird yet, but I do have two Oregon Juncos and about five hummingbirds. Someone is eating from my suet feeder but haven’t seen who it might be yet. My guesses are an American Flicker (I can hear them in the trees) or our resident raven who I’m guessing stole the last suet block, feeder and all. – Margy
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    • I saw our first flicker in the garden a couple of days ago, couldn’t get a really good photo but I’ll keep trying. Those ravens are up to taking a lot of things. No hummingbirds for us yet, a bit too soon. Keep your eyes open, you never know when you might spot a Flossie bird 🙂

  6. I love your Flossie bird, will look great in a tree. Your strap covers,another great idea and no doubt will draw attention.
    You are so creative Linda!

  7. I love Flossie Bird, he’s so colorful! Thank you for sharing all these great projects at The Really Crafty Link Party this week. Pinned!

  8. Beautiful, colourful creations! I really like the camera strap. Unfortunately I’m not a crocheter. I might just have to see if I can persuade MIL to make me one.

    Happy Five on Friday

  9. You are so creative! Great bookmarks, I bet those would work so much better than the little scraps of paper I’m always sticking in the books I’m reading. I really like the little felt birds as well. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
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  10. All you need now is an aviary! Your birds are delightful and you have inspired me with your Attic 24 flossie bird, I’ve been looking for a small project to use up some of my cotton yarn. There are some wonderful ideas on Lucy’s blog. A Place To Call Home was excellent, can’t wait for the final series… next year I think.
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  11. I LOVE all your projects. Birdwatching is one of my favorite things to do and your stitched and felted ones are absolutely lovely. I crochet now more than cross-stitch, but am trying to at least stitch up small patterns. Several years ago I made one of the crocheted birds from Attic 24; seemed that the piecing together took more time than the actual crocheting of the parts. But they are very cute. Have a peaceful Sunday.
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  12. LOVE the little felt birds they look very cheery 🙂

    Thanks for joining in with us for Five on Friday and please excuse my lateness in getting round to comment this week!
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