I finished the bird! He is worked in one strand of thread. He’s pretty small, only 4.5 inches (11.4 cm) from the tip of the beak to the tail. Below is a closeup of his face so you can see the stitches in detail.
When you’re stitching a bird, try to think of what directions feathers would naturally point. If you’re unsure there’s plenty of pictures on the internet to help! The most important thing to remember is that the stitches should never be perfectly even and aligned unless you are trying to make a robotic bird. Natural birds are always a little bit of a mess.