Time to reveal young master Great Spotted Woodpecker complete with text as I explained before in my last post about him I had been happy stitching the woodpecker on his tree when my little tangent head thought oooh PUPPETS. To be honest it doesn't take much for me to think about puppets, Woodpecker.. tree.. wood.. puppets.. Pinocchio, I can see you were all making the same connections. However what I didn't know was that the original story by Carlo Collodi 'Adventures of Pinocchio' 1883, has woodpeckers in it (Sorry I won't get excited about this all over again). I just happened to fancy reading the original compared to Disney as I like fairytales and old stories. And what a gem I recommend it (again).
"How good you are" is a quote by Pinocchio in chapter 18 when he thanks the fairy after just having had his nose pecked small by thousands of woodpeckers. Pinocchio is relentlessly naughty for the most part while characters such as the fairy and Geppetto have true kind good natures. The quote and tale itself struck a chord with me, written in the 1880's it is darkly amusing but its moral of goodness is simple and holds value today. It inspired me to stitch the text to complete the piece as I believe those of good nature should be cherished, as they can often be a rare find.
Spotted Woodpecker Birdseeker Embroidery: coloured blackwork on liberty print Patrick's, appliqued onto hand quilted linen gingham. Text satin stitch and whipped back stitch.