Pattern: Teardrop Cards - Bird on a Branch
Available from: Cross Stitch crazy magazine #110
Just, don't expect it to look exactly like mine, I didn't use a single recommended colour in this design. I have a bag of random thread. Some of it is Anchor, some is DMC, some is off brand, none of it is labelled up. I got a bag of bits from work where the labels had fallen off the threads and I've added to it with my own odds. Now it's a jumble, from there I picked the colours of this design. So white and cream for the bird, should have been white and brown, same brown actually as used in the tree...I didn't like that. That bag is brilliant for projects like this because I used less than one length of each colour, it would have been a waste to bite into my stash, but it was a wonderful way to use up ends.
Anyway, the design was easy to follow and quick to work up. This took me two days, but you could probably get it done in one if you actually sat down and concentrated rather than doing several things at once. I ALWAYS do several things at once! The plan was to send this to my MIL, I thought it would suit her perfectly, so I chose colours to reflect that. That's why it looks like sunset on an autumn day rather than noon on a summer day. The colours suit her better like this.
Once the stitching was done I decided to turn it into a card, so we're back to iron on interfacing. You MUST put some kind of lining behind your work when putting it onto a card otherwise the card will show through the holes! Then simple affix it to the card, I used double sided sticky tape, it works really well, but the reason I'm not showing you is that it works REALLY well and...I kind of have it on the card at an angle now :P