Don't you just love seeing the cardinals in winter? That bright spot of red among the winter grays, whites and dark greens is so cheery, I just love it. And they are so perfect for a Christmas tree! A whole tree decorated just with a vast variety of cardinals would be really stunning, wouldn't it?
In my bird-stitching experiments this fall, I didn't attempt to make a cardinal because I couldn't figure out how to get the crest into the folded circle pattern. But I recently came across this website, with lots of free downloadable patterns for bird ornaments stitched out of felt, which I love. I'll probably make a bunch of these for Christmas. However, most of her patterns are kind of flat, with just wings added and a little bit of stuffing. I wanted the cardinal to have a bit more dimension so I found another one here. No free pattern, but I went to the drawing board and came up with a prototype. I decided to make his wings out of plaid flannel, and also added a stripe of it to his tail. Isn't he cute? I was going to give him away, but I like him so much and I have the perfect spot for him: Here, in the middle of my ivy topiary near the kitchen window! I have two of these wreath topiaries, so I'll have to make another one for myself. I love these quick, satisfying projects!