Just a quick sneak peek at the start of a new series in Cross Stitch Collection. Coming in 2012 you will be seeing six new Garden Fairies. The first of the lot is my Lady Bird Fairy now in preview in the current issue Cross Stitch Collection. She will appear in Issue # 206. I love the little lady birds that frequent my garden and keep my roses and cherry trees thriving every year. These helpful little critters always invoke a lighthearted, gay feeling and I had great fun using them for inspiration for this design. She is stitched on 28 count marbled blue vintage Cashel linen from Zweigart (Ref: 3281/5139). I think she would look beautiful on a lovely hand dyed evenweave from Polstitches too. Embellished with beautiful Kreinik metallic threads and sparkling Mill Hill beads, I hope you’ll find this a perfect way to welcome the delights of the garden into your home during the winter months.