Silk Shading Christmas Robin


Learn the beautiful embroidery technique of silk shading to create this festive Christmas Robin design. Fine stranded cotton threads are used to delicately blend between colours and to build up the texture of feathers.

Silk Shading refers to the hand embroidery technique which uses a variety of long and short stitches and colour blending in stranded cotton or silk threads. Often referred to as painting with a needle, this technique can be used to create realistic texture, shading and enables the embroiderer to create designs which have a life-like quality.

This simple design will introduce you to split stitch, satin stitch and long and short stitch, all of which are essential when creating a piece of silk shading.

This kit includes all of the threads, fabrics and needles required to complete this beautiful hand embroidery design and the clear instruction booklet with step by step photographs will guide you easily through your project.

The dark olive green background fabric is provided with the design already transferred on for you.


Materials included in the kit: dark olive green synthetic silk fabric, calico fabric, size 10 embroidery needles and DMC stranded cotton threads.

Difficulty level: intermediate

Design dimensions: 8.5cm x 6.5cm

Additional equipment required: 6 inch ring frame and embroidery scissors.