Our Mistletoe Birds cross stitch pattern was inspired by a wildlife drawing in the Australian classic guidebook The Bird’s of Australia (1840-1848). It’s a gorgeous representation of a pair of mistletoe birds nesting among the she-oak needles.
Elizabeth Gould drew the beautiful illustration entitled Mistletoe Birds(Dicaeum hirundinaceum) for her husband John’s famous book The Birds of Australia, published from 1840-1848 in eight volumes. It appeared in Volume II.
We won’t kid you, Mistletoe Birds cross stitch is difficult. Even though it’s not full coverage, the project measures 61.0 x 79.3cm when stitched on 14 count Aida cloth (38,335 stitches). It requires almost 100 different DMC threads and there is heaps of confetti and quick thread changes. But if you’re up for the challenge, the finished piece looks absolutely awesome.
PATTERN KEEPER: To make things easier we’ve included an extra chart in your download pack that has been specially formatted for the Pattern Keeper App. We also recommend gridding out your fabric before you start.
Elizabeth Gould was an Australian artist and lithographer famous for ornithological drawings in John Gould’s The Birds of Australia. If you love Australian birds you’ll love the patterns we have charted from Elizabeth Gould’s original drawings. Check them out in the store.