So, my MIL and her best friend decided last year that they were going to take up cross-stitch to pass the time. My MIL has some experience in this arena, her bestie…none at all. They started ordering kits off Amazon without reading all the fine details. This parrot on black background number was one of them. They quickly realized that it’s very challenging to count stitches on black Aida cloth. It soon became my project to complete for the bestie.
As is typical for me, I modified this thing quite a bit. I changed all the stitches to full cross with two strands, did some back stitch detailing/outlining, and filled in the background with DMC Pearl cotton.
The finished canvas was approximately 7” x 14”. I used some velvet upholstery fabric to square out the front and cover the back, creating a pillow in the process.