A Robin Sings

I finished another cross-stitch small today. I’m trying to break my 2020 bad habit of completing a piece of stitching and then not doing anything with it!

I started this one whilst I was in hospital between Christmas and New Year. My daughter was packing a bag for me and asked what stitching I would like – she knows me well! I had three of these bird kits in my stash so I asked her to choose one and bring it in. She chose a pretty robin singing it’s beautiful song.

This is another kit by Fido Stitch Studio on eBay, it’s the third one I’ve stitched. I would usually change the 14 count aida provided for 32 count linen as I’m not keen on aida, but when you’re stuck in hospital, you’re happy with anything! These are the other two Fido Stitch designs I’ve already stitched…

There weren’t many days in hospital when I felt up to stitching but I made a start – my family knew I was starting to feel better when I posted a photo on facebook of my cross-stitch! Once home I cracked on with it. These kits are lovely, the designs are beautifully detailed, the charts are clear and everything is provided for about £9! Here’s my finished robin…

I found some fabric in my stash which seemed to go OK, it’s a Christmas one but not too Christmassy. I also found some embroidery threads to make a cord from and some beads to titivate with.

As the robin was a good size (for a small!) I didn’t want to add to the dimensions with extra fabric borders, so I just made a simple mini pillow, stuffed it and slip stitched the opening closed. I didn’t have any suitable trim in my stash so I found two old DMC bobbins which worked well together, picking out the colours in the robins breast. I made a twisted cord and stitched it round the pillow adding beads at the corner. I decided to have a tasseled corner, adding lengths of beads too. I’m not sure if I’ve overdone it a bit, but it’s staying!

I’ve started another of these kits already – a nuthatch, but I think it will be a while before it’s finished, it’s ready in my handbag in case I need something to stitch whilst out, but I’m not exactly going anywhere at the moment!

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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13 Responses to A Robin Sings

  1. terreblogger says:

    Lovely. Hope you are feeling better. Looking forward to seeing more of your birds.

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  2. Very nice – feel better soon

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  3. Laura says:

    Love it, Margaret! 🙂

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  4. Sorry you had to deal with being in the hospital and you did get some beautiful stitching done – love the birds! I love how you finished the robin

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  5. nanacathy2 says:

    He’s so cute- I have to use 14 count these days- hard to see anything smaller.

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  6. endrickwater says:

    Exuberant, not overdone at all. An excellent finish.

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  7. Lizzie says:

    Absolutely lovely……and no….I do not think you overdid it. Well done and hope you are feeling much better.

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  8. Sharon says:

    Love this collection of birds you’re working on. Hope you’re feeling better.

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  9. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Not overdone for my taste – the “extra” tassel might be a representation of bird song. After all, his beak is open. 😉 Take special care now, and heal up completely!

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  10. Amanda says:

    Nicely finished and not overdone at all.

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  11. claire93 says:

    that’s a lovely finish, with all the cording and beads. Everyone loves a robin ^^

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  12. kathyreeves says:

    These are such sweet little birds! I think the finish looks great, just right in fact!

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