Years ago I got this embroidered, appliqued square from the late corduroy cat in one of Cster’s swaps of pre-made items. She wanted someone to finish it however they saw fit. I hemmed it, added eyelets so I could hang it up, and filled in the free space with an appropriate song lyric. And added tiny bird legs.
The words are from the song “I Shall Sing” by Van Morrison, which is exuberant in its arrangement, but sung much more low-key. It matches the feel of this mellow bird in a busy scene.
I think this was the first time I’ve used waste canvas to cross-stitch on fabric, and the stitches are not nearly as clean as I’d hoped. I tried to make the letters clearer by surrounding them with a dark then a light border, but it still looks so busy! Do you think I should add more white stitches around them to further separate them from the patterned background, or maybe a white paint pen over the adjoining patterns to fade them out?