Today's #smallspacesunday is pretty straightforward. The stitches below have been covered on previous #smallspacesundays but are especially appropriate for animals, so I'm resharing here.
The first is Encroaching Gobelin, perfect for almost any animal, especially a small one, because of its compact size, smoothness, and ability to change directions.
The next stitch is one of my favorites. While the Cushion Stitch is more complex, it makes a great wing or body stitch as it has a bit of texture.
Brick Stitch, especially over two rows is perfect for a small rabbit, duck, or squirrel. Don't forget to switch the direction to horizontal if the animal isn't sitting up. The Brick Stitch is also scalable. For a larger space, go over four rows, instead of two as diagramed below.
The Upright Cross is an all-purpose small space stitch for any animal.
These stitch diagrams, along with all other #whimsicalwednesday and #smallspacesunday stitch diagrams, can also be found on a Pinterest board here.
If you like what you see on this blog, want to learn some very creative decorative stitches, and how to put them all together, whimsicalstitch.com sells stitch guides for seasonal Melissa Shirley designs. 27 guides are currently available and more are in the pipeline.