Squirrel Family Project DESIGNED BY KAY WIDDOWSON Treetop antics Flashing orange tails and quivering whiskers amid the canopy, these squirrels are making the most of the season’s bounty Try out 25-count evenweave N ormally, unless you live in a treehouse or perhaps in the trunk of a giant hollow tree, you don’t get to see just what mischief playful squirrels get up to in the high branches. But Kay has solved that for us by designing this comical portrait showing a happy group as they stock up their stores, ready for winter. This unique 25-count evenweave means your squirrel family scene will be a bit larger than if you stitched it on 28-count fabric. This fresh spring green lugana evenweave is the same fabric that Kay used for her cheeky ‘Forest Fox’ from issue 284 (September 2019). These two projects would make lovely companion stitches, with their Factb Stitching Time Approx. 55 hours Type of Stitches Cross stitch, backstitch, French knots Ease of Stitching Intermediate similar colours and themes celebrating forest wildlife. Make up both into cushions and place on opposite sides of the sofa, or frame and display side by side. Whatever you choose, this project will bring the joy and magic of autumn into your home, making anyone who sees it smile. The World of Cross Stitching Meet the designer Kay Widdowson I love watching the squirrels from my studio window, but they drive my new rescue cat a little crazy! I painted this design at the start of autumn when all the leaves were starting to change colour – it’s a beautiful time of year. www.gathered.how/woxs The World of Cross Stitching 24
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