Our lovely Birdhouse cross stitch design would make a wonderful Valentine’s, Easter or Spring card.
The cheeky birds are in tones of blue with yellow beaks and it looks as though the mother bird has returned to the Birdhouse to feed her young brood who are waiting hopefully, perched on the flowers which are designed as pink hearts.
The Birdhouse cross stitch uses 11 colors on 16 count Aida and the finished design will measure 3.8×3.8 ins, ideal for a birthday card for a friend, a Valentine’s card for a loved one, or just a nice Spring or Easter card to show someone you are thinking of them.
Despite looking intricate, this is not a difficult design to stitch. The picture is outlined in a single black thread which makes the colours jump out of the design. The grass and flower stems are cleverly outlined in green and the hearts are outlined in darker pink.
We prefer to use DMC for our Birdhouse cross stitch, because it’s good quality thread and available all over the world, but you don’t need to buy thread specially, if you already have suitable colours then do use those instead.
When you order this chart you can download it from the internet straight away. You’ll get a detailed black and white chart so that it’s easy to see which color needs to go where, and you’ll also receive a color block chart so that stitching couldn’t be simpler.
Make your Birdhouse cross stitch really special
If you want to make the Birdhouse cross stitch really special, you could use holographic thread in blue, brown, pink and green to make the colors really pop. We use holographic thread for detail all the time because it’s really effective when a design reflects lamplight. Our preferred makes are Gutermann which has a range of holographic and single color threads and Glitter Superior Threads which are made in Japan and are excellent quality.
We also find stitching is easier if you run your thread through a product called Thread Heaven which comes in a small blue container and costs about £3 in the UK, around $5.50 in the US. Running thread across the product creates a static charge which helps to keep the threads apart if you are using them doubled. It also helps to prevent tangling and knotting.