Take a Stitch Tuesday, Week 2
I wasn't very enthusiastic when I started this stitch, but the more I worked it the less rigid it became. I could alter the appearance with tension, size and thread, and I found it could go in about any direction. Take a good look at the bird; the stitches have been worked every which way: horizontally, vertically, diagonally, reversed direction, curved to outline, distorted to fill and taper. With the exception of the outer border, bird legs, upper beak and eye, all the stitches are the Eastern. I had already stitched the outside border, but those X-stitches could just as well have been Eastern Stitch.
A note about the feed dish. It's an old button, a 1/4 inch deep cup with scalloped edges. The flat bottom is a 2-hole sew-through (no shank), which enabled me to stitch in the seed bead corn. Got to fatten the hen, you know.
The Eastern stitch tutorial and more information about TAST 2010