Starting to stitch - legs and beak
Setting up and first stitches
I recommend when stitching up these crewelwork birds that you use a hoop or slate frame to help keep your work from puckering. The nature of these designs, with the areas of heavy, dense stitching next to areas of no stitching, means they are unfortunately prone to pucker and gather! If you can keep your fabric drum tight whilst working on it, you will minimise the probability of that happening.