A Small Kingfisher

A couple of weeks ago I finished another kit from Fido Stitch Studio on Etsy. I think this is the fifth kit of theirs I’ve stitched. They’re only small but they have plenty of detail. These are my others…

The kit I stitched this time was of a kingfisher. I’ve never seen one here in the UK, I saw one once in Yugoslavia – and that’s how long ago it was!! The colours are stunning, I think a lot of the time here you just see a flash of orange and blue, unless you’re lucky enough to see one sitting on a perch. There’s meant to be one just a bit further up the river from here, so I keep looking out for one.

Isn’t he gorgeous!

I’m trying to stick with my New Year resolution of finishing off the cross-stitch smalls straight awy rather than popping the cross-stitch in a box and out of mind. So at the weekend I set about finishing my small. I had a good rummage through my scrap box and found this perfect kingfisher blue batik. I looked at having a narrow orange flange next to it but I couldn’t find one that was the right shade of orange. Instead I decided to embroider an orange line. I actually used my stitch wheel to choose a stitch to use! I chose heavy chain stitch as it was a bit thicker than other ones. After I had stitched it I felt it was too bright and dominating so I whip-stitched it with a bright blue which worked perfectly.

I used the same two DMC colours to make a cord, couched it round whilst adding tiny beads on each stitch and then made a tassel for the top corner. There’s actually three beaded cords there but two of them are hiding!

I haven’t any more Fido kits at the moment but I’m sure these won’t be my last.

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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12 Responses to A Small Kingfisher

  1. How lovely they are! You do such nice finish work. Like you said mine just get put in a drawer lol

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  2. suemreed says:

    A beautiful collection and your finishing really sets the design off.

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  3. Beautiful as all your makes are. I keep saying I am going to bring out my small stitches and make them up (just need to do it instead of say it). We saw our first Kingfisher in Scotland many years ago and have seen two since on our local canal. We have also seen many in India, including pied and white throated ones. Beautiful birds. xx

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  4. Your birds are gorgeous.
    How small is a small? Pincushion size or sofa cushion size?

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  5. Sharon says:

    He is gorgeous!!! All of them are. Beautiful collection of smalls 🙂

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  6. claire93 says:

    another fabulous finish ^^ It’s funny how you seem to be stitching your way through all the Fido stitch birds . . . I stitched one of their lop-earred rabbits (very cute) and gifted their hedgehog, fox and goldfish.


  7. Jane M says:

    Your Kingfisher is beautiful, the colours stunning


  8. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Brilliant finish!
    Love the colours in your collection.


  9. I love the three bird smalls and the Kingfisher one is spectacular!

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