I decided to post this very simple project today, following Mary Corbett's blog about a very splendid bluebird in silk.
When I sourced my additional Bucilla Ballet Bears kits at Herrschners, I signed up for their newsletter and got sucked in badly by some of their stamped cross-stitch pillow cases. Over the Christmas period they had sales and I bought some pillow slips to embroider for the children. Each pair of pillow cases (49% cotton, 51% poly) with thread kit averaged $10 Australian.
I chose bluebirds for Brigid.
and sport for Fionn.
Although the colour variation requires a chart, it is pretty simple, so I did do some of it on a plane and while staying in a hotel over the holiday period.
My mother used to sing The Bluebird of Happiness while working around the house (my grandparents may have had it on a pianola roll, I think) and the song is stored away in my brain.
film, starring Shirley Temple, and the play on which it was based. The film was overshadowed by the Wizard of Oz.
I liked the words on the sports pillowcase and, on Jim's suggestion, added "mark" below the lower ball, for good measure. I also changed USA on the basketball to AUS (barely discernable in red).
I then got carried way, and added some words of the song to the bluebird pillowcases.
I have a couple of crinoline ones to stitch for the younger girls later in the year. In the meantime, I had more fun with these than I had anticipated.