The month of April brought a Grey Wagtail to my needle and thread, this time I chose the female bird as they do not differ in brightness of their feathers which usually happens (males are such show offs), instead the female bird has a more delicate pale neck where as the male is bold and dark. I've designed Miss Grey Wagtail using a combination of counted thread stitches, cross stitch and blackwork pattern hoblein stitches to blend texture with graphic pattern.
It is the first time that I've worked on 28 count evenweave rather than the more functional aida, I have wanted to try it for ages so this month no patterned fabric. It does take a little more counting concentration to begin with especially with the blackwork stitches where gaps are needed, I much prefer the finish of the fabric weave and now that I've tried it I'd even try using a higher threat count so the fabric weave is finer (and a magnifying glass most probably).
Miss Grey Wagtail By The Waterside, 28 count quaker 6" hoop.