To me Puffins look like little clowns dressed up in Tuxedos. I was really surprised to find they are only 10 inches tall! There are 12 to 15 million Atlantic Puffins and 60% of them breed in Iceland (click here for a great story about Iceland and Puffins). They are found only in the North Atlantic Ocean - from the US to Russia. Puffins form long term pair bonds. The female lays a single egg and both parents incubate and feed the chick. A distinctive feature of Puffins is their ability to hold over a dozen small fish in their bills at one time! Considering their small size, this is quite a feat :)
I created the wall hanging below using my sample stitch outs. As I didn't have time to embroider all of them I experimented with Steam a Seam 2. I fused this to the back of some of the designs and cut them out and then fused them to my background. It worked really well! For some of them, I just cut out around part of the design so I could overlap it a little. A very easy way to create a picture for those of you that are leery of lining up designs on a large project.
Designs in set - Actual Stitch outs
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