It's the first Saturday of the month so time for the People's Choice SAL run by Jo from Serendipitous Stitching. Continued thanks to Jo for hosting this unique SAL which has a different theme each month.
This month's theme is Birds.
I don't have a 'thing' for birds as such, but it appears I have stitched quite a few over the years. I haven't included all of them, leaving out owls and the really tiny ones in the hope that both may be themes in future months.
So here goes my showcase for the month:
Hobikolik (etsy) does a fairly simple chart of a bird which I have stitched with four different variegated threads to represent the four seasons:
FuzzyFoxDesigns (etsy) has charted a range of Cute Little Birds. I have stitched five so far and plan to stitch at least one each year for the Smalls SAL. Here are the Cockatiel, Eastern Rosella, Gouldian Finch, Kakapo and Kookaburra. They are charted facing both directions so, after having stitched four facing right, I decided the next four would face left:
Then there is Mr Scruffy aka Parrot On Parade by Bothy Threads. I absolutely love this one, although he has yet to be framed. I'll probably frame him with Walter Rabbit once he's finished.
Finally here are the four birds in Valerie Pfeiffer's Solos range by Heritage Crafts. I have recently finished three - Chick Berry, Humming Along and Lady In Red - and hope to finish Simply Wren very soon. Unlike all the others, these are actual 'birds' as opposed to characterisations!
As for stash, well, Janet Morningstar's Fantasy birds (patternsonline.com) have been kitted up with hand dyed-fabric and variegated threads for a few years but keep getting pushed down my to-start list. When I bought these I remember reading that there were going to be twelve in the series, but these are the only four I've ever found. Maybe they'll make their way onto my 2023 stitching list?!
And I can't go without showing the gorgeous Scarlet Macaw Preening by Shinysun's Cross Stitching. My long-term readers may remember I have had a few attempts at starting this on various hand-dyed fabrics but have never been happy with them. I'm still on the lookout for the 'perfect' background fabric and am sure it will appear one day.
To end with, here are my own pet birds. The darker cockatiel is Pepper, the lighter one Snoopy. We thought they were brothers... until we discovered Snoopy laying eggs! Pepper can't fly anymore, and Snoopy struggles to get lift, so both are usually quite happy siting on the back of the settee or my shoulders. Females don't make much noise but Pepper certainly makes up for it with all the tunes he whistles and phrases he says. His favourite at the moment is 'What ya doing?' Nosey boy!
Next month's theme is Spring. I feel there might be an abundance of lambs and chicks!