My Northern Male Cardinal now has his mate, Cardinal Mama. She is an art quilt that is composed of a digital photograph taken by my BIL, Steve Frye, that I altered for printing via Spoonflower. The image on fabric was then freeform embroidered using Weeks Dye Works floss which is over-dyed giving the most subtle color changes in the stitching.
Both male and female cardinal panels are available for purchase at Make It Sew. They can also be used without embellishment or even thread sketched using your darning foot.
And, if you are interested in learning how I do freeform embroidery, I offer classes. Please visit my website, hilaryfrye.com for more information! Thanks!