I bought this because it is so cheerful. I like the colours, and the style reminds me a bit of Hungarian embroidery, which I admire. I also like to have some projects on hand that require no finishing once I've finished stitching and I rather liked the edging on this one.
The thread is 5 Perle - solid and fast, and the instructions consist of a large diagram and a sheet of stitches. Basic.
I began on the red berries and really enjoyed the freedom after the cross-stitch effort of the last weeks.
I moved on to the pine needles, and decided to couch them rather than have long loose stitches as in the diagram. That seemed to work well.
I then decided to experiment a little on some of the larger leaves, trying some of the lattice techniques that Mary Corbet has been writing about in her blog.
I needed the filling fairly dense, so used two shades of green with the framework lines fairly close together. It was possible to get the lines intersecting so the colour is all light at the tip and all darker at the base and a mixture in between. It gives a textured effect that I quite like.
It doesn't look so good, however, with the gold veins in place.
Rather than large blobs of satin stitch, I tried layers of couched lattice - a layer on the straight and couched down overlayed by another set at a 45 degree angle. It would work well for a nest, but probably isn't the best effect for snow.
The photo also shows how the gold veins for the satin-stitched leaves sink into the work, while those on the latticed leaves stay on the surface. Looks like satin stitch wins for the leaves. I want to try something else for the snow (assuming that's what it is!). It's good to be working on something I can easily play around with.