Cats are always up to some sort of mischief which led to the name I gave this series of designs that combine two different counted embroidery techniques - blackwork and cross-stitch.
One day, while Mischief is climbing trees outside, he hears sounds coming from indoors. He rushes up to the door to see if there are any mice around.
He spots one in the pantry and sneaks past Cook aiming to catch it, but before he gets there a bag falls from the shelf and covers him in flour. When Cook notices a white cat in the cupboard she is confused and chases him out of her kitchen...
Shaking the flour off his coat, he rushes upstairs to the sewing room where his owner is stitching away happily.
Oh dear, he spots another mouse and is thwarted as it hides under her skirts, causing her to panic and shoo him out of the room...
Mischief walks away and remembers that he still needs to catch that mouse. Heading back outside he spots the maid beside the birdbath. He decides birds are just as much fun as mice so climbs back up the tree ready to pounce.
Distracted by a butterfly he loses his footing and ends up in the water at which point he decides that is enough mischief for one day!
If you are new to blackwork you might like to get yourself a copy of my blackwork for beginners ebook.
If you love cats, don't miss this pretty cat needle case worked in a combination of blackwork and Assisi work.