I have a confession. As much as I admire some of the primitive sampler-style pieces I see other stitchers working on, I'm a sucker for a "realistic" design. All the shading and blends that make a stitched piece feel life-like grab my eye every time. Of course, the downside of that attraction is that 1) I end up buying a dozen different shades of blue for a piece and then using only one or 2 lengths of floss, and 2) I spend more time starting and ending lengths of floss than I do actually STITCHING. *sigh*
And I told you all of that as a preface to my latest start - a little chickadee in a wreath of green leaves and bluish-purple berries. The design is by Pam Kellogg, and appears in a 2006 issue of The Cross Stitcher magazine (US version).
I'm using more Silkweaver fabric -- I actually used this same Solo for my "Old Books Sampler." So I've effectively gotten one whole piece of fabric out of my stash drawer!! LOL And that is the magazine picture standing above the hoop.
I worked on this exclusively over the weekend. I kept telling myself I should get out the mermaids and put in a few stitches, but it was cold, snowy and blowy here, and the warm colors of the birdie just fit my mood nicely. Didn't want to think about being wet right now....brrrrr! So it was all me, a zillion shades of tan and green, and a crockpot full of beans and ground beef. (DH played video games, and we watched a few movies, too.)