I'm so happy to be done with my first block for the Birdie Stitches!! I'm really happy with how this turned out, even though my embroidery skills are seriously lacking.
When I was picking out embroidery floss at Joann's, they were completely out of white, so I went with Ecru, but I was hesitant. I didn't know how it would look, since it was pretty much the same color as the linen I'm using for the middle fabric. Now that it's done, I really like it! The two things I had in mind when I picked out the dots and solids fabric is that I didn't want any white or black. So it kind of keeps with that theme.
The one thing I changed from the pattern is that I added in more french knots - in the band of the snowman's hat, and in the ear muff on the bird. I'd never done french knots before, but I've admired them on flickr, so I went a little crazy. But I like the extra bit of color they give. Here's a better look at the areas I added the knots.
While I loved doing this block, I did become very aware of how much my skills will improve over this year. I have a feeling my December block will be drastically better than this block!