Recently I stitched this delightful Blue Macaw from Kathy Schenkel’s Pirates of the Caribbean series (there is also a Red Macaw I’m doing next).
One thing about Macaws (and many other birds) is that they have long tails. When you are doing a piece as small as this, it can be a real challenge to find stitches that give that feeling of length.
Using Diagonal Gobelin, above, is just perfect. You can also alternate the direction of the stitches as I did. The long lines of unbroken stitches give you that feeling of length. You can adjust the width to fit the width of your piece. And it creates a nice contrast to the smaller and more busy stitch patterns and colors of the rest of the bird.
Another great possibility if you have a bit more room is Needlepoint Fern Stitch.