Then added a ladder type stitch, as I am going to be using raised chain band stitch.
Not so sure of the colours, so got out my dyes and proceeded to make it a darker brown, to match the gum nuts and the wrapped wire.
Here is the result. My second dilemma was that the dye ran a bit, so I added more stitches along the side to hide the runs.
Using two different coloured 6 strand floss in tan and brown, I wove the tail feathers, and one in white. Needle laced his body, and padded it with felt. The steps for making up the bird was to place the tail feathers on top of the branch, and added the padding for the body.
I then added the needle laced body on top of my two layers of felt, and using a bit of the dye that I had for the tree, I painted the lower parts of the body, so that the transition from body to tail was not so noticeable.