Meet Mr Magpie - the last of the new collection.
I stitched this before Christmas but have been waiting to share it for all this time because he looked too cheeky to be consigned to a flat piece of fabric and I have only just gotten around to bringing him to life as a cushion. I am surrounded by magpies where I live and I find myself saying "Hello Mr Magpie" about five times a day to ward off the fabled sorrow that descends when you spy them alone (utter nonsense but I do it all the same). I thought it only fitting to stitch one as they are so handsome, though on second thoughts maybe I ought to stitch him a wife sharpish to be sure of an endless supply of joy...
If you visit me often you will know that whilst I adore stitching I am not the world's biggest fan of sewing, so most of my embroidery tends to wind up in hoops and frames. But last weekend I figured out a really easy way of making lovely cushions without much measuring or cutting or faffing about with zips and I am now a convert. They are such a doddle that I made two actually, and they will be the basis for the new kits - everything you need to turn five of my large patterns into cushion covers (including the backing fabric to make them up). So if you want to make a magpie cushion exactly like my one above, I hope to have them ready in kit form by the end of April.