Monday, 1 February 2021

Lady In Red - finished!

Hi all!

So my finishing streak continues, and another of Valerie Pfeiffer's Solos birds was successfully crossed off my WIP list in January.

Lady In Red was the 12th start during last year's Spring Into Summer New Start Binge and is now the third from that SAL to have been completed. As with the other birds she was an absolute joy to stitch.

Here's how I left her back in June after five hours of stitching:

Here she is after the completion of the stitching (except for three black stitches on her chin which I somehow missed!):

And now completed:

Lady In Red by Heritage Crafts
Stitched on 16ct Dried Petal over-dyed aida by sewitall
Stitch count 69 high by 49 wide
Started - 20th June 2020
Finished - 28th January 2021
Total stitching time - 13 hours 55 minutes

The flowers are very subtle but I can't help feeling might have been better defined with a bit of backstitching(?) I'm not going to attempt any so they'll stay like that, especially as the others in the set don't really have defined flowers either.

So that's three of these Solos birds down and one to go. The final one should appear in February; I can't have him feeling neglected now, can I?!

Take care,
Rachel x


Tiffstitch said...

Beautiful finish! He does look magnificent with the backstitch detail, just like one I'd see here.

Clare-Aimetu said...

She is beautiful, congratulations on a super finish.

Linda said...

Congrats on another adorable finish Rachel.


EvalinaMaria said...

Congratulations on the lovely finish!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Congratulations on the Happy Dance for this cute birdie. I didn't believe cardinals were that bright red until I actually saw some photos of them! I assumed it was artistic license on cross stitch designers part!

Ann C. said...


Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

I like the flowers as they are. It's a pretty finish.

Katie said...

Okay we love cardinals so this is adorable. You need to remind me where you got this patterns....maybe....maybe not.

Dream Weaver said...

Lady in Red is as pretty as can be. Love this cross stitch design. Love the fabric you stitched it on...perfect choice.

Faith... said...

A beautiful finish Rachel! I just love how the feathers on the bird are not "smooth" around the edges of the bird, if you know what I mean. It makes the cardinal look more realistic.

Leonore Winterer said...

Oh, yet another great finish! You really are doing well this year.

Astrids dragon said...

Another beauty! You don't want the flowers to outshine her, she's adorable!