Simple stitches and a few beads were used on this design. I chose my colors in order to have them pop on the black background and didn't worry too much whether they were correct colors for a peacock or not. My only requirement was that there be a little turquoise involved. All of the outlining was done using a stabbed back stitch except on the gold area around the eyes where I used an outline stitch and straight stitches at the bottom curves. The ribbon embroidery flowers and leaves are done using 1/8" ribbon and straight stitches. Easy Peasy!! I don't enjoy working on anything too involved...quick and dirty does it for me.
I'm not too sure what I'm going to do with this. The mood just struck to embroider a peacock. I think I'll do a few motifs individually and then join them somehow to make a crazy quilt wall hanging. Black background fabrics throughout, of course!
I have provided a full size design for you to use – just click on image to enlarge for printing. There is also another peacock in my design section if you're new to my blog.