I’ve been working on a secret project! I worked up a modified version of the quick 5×7 inch crewel kit Elegant Oriole, from Dimensions (it’s about $9). It’s a graduation present for a friend of mine. I gave it to her Monday, so now I can post pictures! I took photos as I went along, so you can see my progress. Here is the stitching for the bird:
As you can see, the bird is mostly worked with long and short stitch in wool. The legs are outlined with back-stitch in brown floss. The beak is also brown floss. The top red flower is padded satin stitch, and its leaves are fly stitch.