…is better than two in the box!
My one and only New Year Resolution this year was to try and make cross-stitch smalls up as soon as I finished them, so they don’t end up languishing in a box. Last year I discovered the Fido Stitch Studio designs of birds on eBay, they do very reasonably priced and beautiful cross-stitch kits of birds (and dogs, cats, guineapigs…) I made two last year and they are unfortunately still languishing in my box waiting to be made up…
I stitched the singing robin just after Christmas and made him into a pretty small…
I had two more of these kits so once the robin was stitched I moved on to the next one, a nuthatch. Nuthatches are one of our regular visitors to the bird feeders, they’re quite handsome birds with their slate blue back and black eye stripe. You can see from their head shape that they are part of the woodpecker family. I remember reading years ago that tree-creepers creep up a tree trunk whereas the nuthatch creeps down, they’re often upside down on our feeders.
The kit stitched up fairly easily, I think the colour changes were more even with this one. I changed the fabric from 14 count aida to 32 count linen as I much prefer linen. I also used a sharp needle for the back-stitching instead of my usual blunt cross-stitch one, the back-stitching on these patterns bears no resemblance to the holes available, it would be my only criticism of the designs. It was a little easier with a sharp needle as I could bring my needle up slightly off the hole if needed.
Isn’t he gorgeous!
I decided to make him into a long thin pillow. I found a blue batik that toned in nicely and also had a leaf design which seemed rather apt.I pulled out my trims drawer and chose one of the blue cotton laces which picks out the blue of the nuthatch nicely. Buttons took a bit more deciding, but eventually I chose three different ones, two peach ones and one blue.
I made some cord from a peach and a light blue DMC thread, nicely using up two old bobbins of floss. It didn’t come out quite as neat as usual as just as I had it on full twist it slipped off my gadget! I rescued it but it’s not perfect! I stitched it round and added a few beads in peach/cream and blue.
I think he’s come out pretty well! My other Fido Stitch Studio design is a kingfisher, but I might do something different next.