Jenny Wren

A couple of weeks ago I stitched a kookaburra, it was a kit from Fido Stitch Studio on Ebay, I was really pleased with the detail in such a small piece of cross-stitch. I’d bought two kits at the same time, so pretty much straight after I finished it I started the next one. This is the kookaburra…

The next kit is of a wren, one of our smallest birds, but one of the loudest! For such a little bird they have a beautiful, loud song. We had a pair who for a couple of years nest just above our backdoor under the shelter of the carport, dawn chorus was very noisy but wonderful to hear.

I found the wren much more taxing to stitch,mainly because it’s basically a little brown bird, never mind fifty shades of grey, twenty shades of brown was quite enough for me! I got lost in the stitching a few times until I’d both got my eye in for the different shades and also stitched sort of a framework of the darker or lighter colours, ones which stood out slightly so I could work out where I was.

I stitched the wren on 32 count linen again, instead of the 14 count aida provided, so it’s come out at about 3″ square, just nice size to make into a ‘small’.

I finished it at the weekend, I love it, it’s really caught the cocky nature of this little bird…

There’s lots of lovely bird and animal designs on the Fido Stitch page, I’m quite tempted with the kingfisher, he looks gorgeous, but I must try and stitch some of my stash first, before I start buying yet more kits!!

I’m linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday, please follow the link for lots of hand-stitched inspiration.

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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20 Responses to Jenny Wren

  1. kathyreeves says:

    That is a sweet little wren!

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  2. katechiconi says:

    I’d love to see the kingfisher, and I think you should drop loud hints about getting it for Christmas. I used to have a lot of kits I’d got as freebies in magazines. Having collected them all, I realised I wasn’t really interested in doing them, so I donated a boxful to the local Red Cross charity shop. Cleared space for me, funds for them, and a clear conscience if I want to buy something else!

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  3. Deb says:

    Jenny is adorable!!

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  4. Laura says:

    Love the birds…they will make great smalls! πŸ™‚

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  5. Sharon says:

    Really cute birds ~ I hopped over to Fido Stitch Studio and they certainly have some wonderful kits for sale…thanks for the link πŸ™‚

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  6. CurlsnSkirls says:

    My mind boggles at the tiny stitches and number of colours… Jolly good those snores produced happy mail and more lovely stitching times for you! πŸ˜‰

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  7. Jane M says:

    He’s gorgeous. I’ve looked at the website and there are lots of birdies I’m sure you are tempted by

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  8. tinaor says:

    Cute stitching. I had no idea there was actually a bird called a Jenny Wren. When I saw the title of your blog post I remembered a china bird my Nan always had on her shelf when we were little – she called it a Jenny Wren and we always thought about my sister who is ‘Jenny’ when she said it. I think I was jealous because I didn’t have a special ornament in honour of my name. Funny how a few words evoke memories. My Nan was a special lady, scatty and I yearn to turn into her one day!

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  9. Ivani Vieira says:

    whoo this little one is so sweet and very well stitched β™₯

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  10. Cathie J says:

    That little wren is adorable. I understand your pain with the many colors of brown that are so close in color.

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  11. Jocelyn Thurston says:

    Oh, I just love that Jenny Wren. Lovely stitching!

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  12. Karrin Hurd says:

    Love both birds, they are beautiful!

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  13. So CUTE! Looks like your wrens are even smaller than the ones we have here in the midwest US. Also tiny, feisty and loud birdies.

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  14. Jenny Benton says:

    Suchba beautiful little Jenny Wren!

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  15. Lynette Thomas says:

    There is a sweet little cousin to the Jenny Wren in Australia called the superb fairy wren – the female is brown and the male is a beautiful bright blue. Here’s an embroidery kit I found: https://createinstitch.com.au/shop/inspirations-printed-pattern-little-bird/

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