A three-dimensional design for this Tuesday …. the glorious crow on a branch by Susan Myers of Acorn House.
From the Designer
Is it possible to be both creepy & cute? Yes…if you’re this guy anyway!
Inside of mouth/tongue will hold needles, branch is for pins and the scissors tuck into a stitched buttonhole on the back. A small magnet stitched into the tip of beak keeps your scissors in and his mouth shut!
Why this chart?
This crow reminds me of the old Looney Tunes / Merry Melodies cartoon crows; I think it’s the eyes. These look quite different to the little beady eyed birds we get in Australia.
Update: OK it seems I was thinking of Heckle and Jeckle who were Magpies, not crows. Ooops.
I love the three-dimensional aspect to this with the stitched branch and hanging clay leaves, the felt tongue needle book and the back pocket for scissors. I even like that there’s a tiny crow scissors fob for the scissors you keep in your crow. The Crow stands 6¾ inches (17cm) tall.
The design is stitched with the one strand of hand dyed floss over two threads on 36 count fabric. The design also includes partial stitches. The additions of the beads, clay leaves and scissors are all designed for this 36 count fabric.
To assemble this Crow design, you need some general hand sewing experience, buttonhole stitch, whip stitching, clipping seams on a curve, and creating strings of beads.
This is a challenging design if you are not used to assembling three-dimensional creatures, but the result looks worth it!
This design is available as a printed chart pack and includes the three clay leaves. These are usually stapled in a small zip-lock bag to the front cover.
The chart pack is printed on white US Letter paper. The front and back cover pages are on a card stock to add stiffness to the overall pack.
The first chart page is extra long (folded to fit in the packet). It includes charts for the front of the crow, the crow’s head and a template for cutting out the felt inlays for inside the crow’s mouth and it’s tongue. This page also includes the floss list / symbol key and backstitching instructions for these two charts.
Both the Crow’s Head and the Crow’s Front charts are a little small for my taste. You may need to enlarge these to see and mark off your progress.
The second page has the chart for the back of the crow, including the button-hole stitch for the scissors. There is a small diagram of how to do buttonhole stitching.
All sections of the crow, Front, head and back are backstitched completely around the outside edge. This provides a seam to cut excess fabric to and as an anchor for the whipstitching of various segments together.
The third page provides the charts and floss keys for the branch, the end of the branch and the separate crow scissors fob. For the fob, the chart has both front and back designs and a charted alphabet for you to personalise your fob.
Now that you have stitched up your pieces, the fourth page has all the crow assembly instructions. These are written instructions only with no diagrams and no templates. The instructions assume you are familiar and confident with three-dimensional sewing.
Photographs of each step would have made all the difference in the world for those of us who are visual learners and struggle with text only instructions.
The fifth page has the beaded branch instructions. These are the instructions for stringing rows of beads together to create the twigs that come out the side of the branch and that hold the clay leaves. This page has clear instructions and good diagrams.
The back cover lists the fabric used in the model stitch, the stitch counts for the individual sections, the floss, wool felt and beads used in the design, and all other materials required for finishing. This is a comprehensive list of everything needed to make this creations.
To stitch the charts exactly as designed, you will need:
2 skeins Gloriana 130 India Ink
1 skein Gloriana 172 Arroyo
1 skein Gloriana 178 Mocha
1 skein Gloriana 130 Sunflower
1 skein Gloriana 128 Cherry Tart
1 packet of Mill Hill 03011 Pebble Grey Antique Beads
Small piece of Weeks Dye Works 1332 Red Pear Wool Felt fabric for the Crow’s tongue.
36 count Lakeside Linens Exemplar Edinburgh linen , a fat quarter (18 x 27″).
¼” super strong magnet
Sewing thread to match
Thin, rigid board
Not included are the Scissors. The model stitch version includes a set of Kelmscott Designs Steweb Scissors. These are NOT included in the pattern.
3.75″ – handle holes shaped like spider webs, with lightning bolts moving up to the blades, finished in primitive matte black, make for SPOOKY snips!
Approximate cost for Project
Approximate cost to stitch this design using the recommended materials (prices are in $US, at recommended retail and do not include postage or finishing materials):
Chart: $ 19.00
Floss: $ 52.40
Total: $101.40 ($135.45AUD or $130.35CAD or €81.95 or £15.77)
Places to Buy
Although Susan has an Etsy shop, Crow is only available in printed leaflet (with clay leaves) via your Local or Online Needlework store.
Colours Down Under has all the threads and a variety of plain fabrics and felt in stock. Jo would be happy to order in the chart, and offers a 10% discount on the package (chart + floss). Mention this review when ordering.
Colour Cascade Fabrics has a variety of fabrics for you to make this design unique. Caitlin recommends a combination of “Rocket queen for that lovely orange beak and Brown Sugar for the tree branch”
Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 30 June 2015.
Traditional Stitches in Calgary can order this chart in for you. They have everything else in stock to kit this up for you.
Casa Cenina in Italy can order this chart in for you. They stock all the floss and a variety of fabrics for your unique creation.
SewandSo stocks the floss and some fabrics for you to stitch your Crow.
Chromatic Alchemy “For crow I have chosen Demeter, I know that crows normally have dark beaks but the darker colours obviously get lost on this piece. I think the yellow is a good contrast though that also fits the theme.”
Crafty Kitten “He’s fun! Hmm I think I’d go Jurassic sands to give a browny shade for the beak or maybe oatmeal.”
Sparklies ” I wasn’t sure which bit of this was unstitched, but I’m guessing the beak is the fabric colour. Since this is a very specific subject, unless you want a nice yellow beak (in which case Sunflowers would really pop) I think Oatmeal linen would be the best choice for this one.”
Thread Pickerz Silkz Eileen has been updating the Thread Pickerz Silkz website. She offers 10% off each silk thread as it is added back into the collection.
For readers of this site, she offers an extra 10% discount if you use the code: Xstitchreview
123Stitch can order this chart in for you. They have everything else in stock to kit this up for you.
Black Cat Stitchery in Illinois can order this chart in for you. They have everything else in stock to kit this up for you.
Erica is offering a 5% discount for readers of Cross Stitch Review. Coupon code: CSRSPRING15. Offer ends 31 May 2015.
Silver Needle in Oklahoma have this chart and everything needed to kit up for you.
Stitches n Things in Missouri have this chart and everything needed to kit up for you.
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Last Updated: 10 March 2015