Sweet Little Blue Bird cross stitch

Hello friends

I hope you have been keeping very well this past week.  Every morning I wake up hoping the news about the coronavirus will be better than the day before.  I am now realising that the way out of this pandemic is going to be very long and slow.

The Australian government’s Job Keeper packages have finally come through so that employees who have lost their jobs as a result of COVID-19  can keep their jobs while we all wait to go back to work once the restrictions are lifted.

Inspired by artist and teacher Lisa Solomon this weekend I experimented with water colors as part of a color mediation this weekend.

Lisa’s about page describes her as being ‘profoundly interested in the idea of hybridization [sparked from her Hapa heritage – she is ½ Japanese and ½ Caucasian], Solomon’s mixed media works revolve thematically around domesticity, craft, and masculinity/femininity, and often the pursuit of art as science/research. She is frankly obsessed with color/color theory and is drawn to found objects tending to alter them conceptually so that their meanings and original uses or intents are re-purposed. She often fuses “wrong” things together – re contextualizing their original purposes, and incorporating materials that inherently question and skirt the line between ART and CRAFT.’

My experiment used a few different colors rather than shades of one color. It was a very relaxing process and does help relax your mind.


I also took the time on Sunday to refresh a cross stitch chart I stitched a few years ago. The chart features a sweet little blue bird.  Blue birds are a sign of good fortune and hope. Fairy-wrens are Australia’s blue bird equivalent,. They have electric blue plumage and have quirky personalities.

This chart is designed to be stitched on 14 count Aida Fabric.  Fabric size you will need it 23.9 xm by 25 cm.  The chart uses DMC cotton floss and is stitched using 2 strands of cotton floss.

You can download the chart free of charge through the Gingham Red Shop by clicking “HERE”.

Have a great week ahead.  Stay safe, strong and take care.


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