Christmas Robin, Victoria Sampler Designs by Cathy Jean
Just Cross Stitch 2010 Christmas Ornament issue
Natural linen (30 count)
Stitched with GAST and WDW
Between the Crazy January Challenge, other WIPs, and other projects I’m hoping to tackle, I wasn’t planning on making time to stitch ornaments this year. However, my little stash enabler (Thing Two, age five) can be very persuasive. He’s been an avid birdwatcher for a few years now, and can identify many of our native birds. He also loves to decorate the tree at Christmas time. (Guess where this is heading.) Unfortunately, the little guy has been sick all week with a bad cold, so I thought making one of the “Button-Up Birdies” from Victoria Sampler would cheer him up.
Here’s Thing Two showing off his new Christmas ornament. Yes, he’s wearing two hoodies.
This Christmas Robin isn’t part of the series; the chart was published separately in last year’s JCS ornament issue, but I’m adding it to the button-up flock. Now Thing Two is eager to see the rest of the birds stitched up, and is looking forward to the next birds in the series. They stitch up quickly, so I think this charming series is a doable addition to this year’s projects.
Thing Two quickly identified all the birds in the first three charts (and the sneak peek at chart #4 featured in the Victoria Sampler newsletter) save one: February’s Whiskey Jack. Victoria Sampler is a local designer, so we guessed that this must be some sort of native bird to our region, but we couldn’t find it in our field guide. A little further research revealed that Whiskey Jack is another name for the Gray Jay, a bird we’ve seen in the mountains.
And now Thing Two has stopped by the computer to ask “Why haven’t you started stitching the cardinal yet?” so that’s my cue to get going.