I found this pattern when I was searching for a fox cross stitch for my baby's second birthday. I wanted a fox theme and I was itching to start a cross stitch projects. I found this pattern and fell down the rabbit hole of modern cross stitch design and have been pretty obsessed with it the last few months.
I stitched this fox on burlap and just chose my DMC colors, ones that looked good to me. I stitched it over 4 squares to get a larger stitch and stitched with a full strand of 6-ply DMC floss. (I didn't seperate the floss.) It came together quickly and was such a satisfying project.
I finished it with a fun orange fabric that I had on hand (from Ikea) and loved how it all came together to cover the messy stitching.
I did use it as part of the decor for my little guys birthday (though I hadn't finished it off) and loved the handmade touch it added.
The pattern is found in the Storyland Cross Stitch book that I first talked about here. I absolutely love all of the patterns in this book. I also followed her instructions to finish off the back of the hoop.
It now lives in my baby's room and makes me smile every time I see it.