Heritage Crafts have lots of birds and flower kits converted from the artwork of Valerie Pfeiffer which are very pretty and timeless.
I decided to try out one of the smaller Chickadee kits Gardener Chick which comes from the set Artist, Christmas, Fisherman, Gardener, Golfing, Kitchen, Rain and Tennis. A weekend project, these would make nice little gifts or even be suitable for a greetings card. The Christmas Chick has been the most popular of the set.
The kit has large black and white charts, the cross stitch on one A4 sheet with the added backstitch shown on the facing page superposed on a faded version of the chart.
The only problem I had with the chart was that solid symbols are quite difficult to distinguish, especially the playing card club and spade shapes which are used in the same area. The spade shape is a blend with one strand of the club so close in colour too. To get round this I highlighted one of the symbols on the chart.
The design is worked with several variations on partial cross stitch, only a few quarter and three quarter but more of vertical and horizontal halves in different colours. The instructions given are very clear with diagrams of how to stitch these on evenweave and on Aida fabric and certainly it wasn't difficult on the evenweave version I worked on. It might be a little more tricky on Aida but the result is effective
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