Beechwood Sickener Mushroom Cross Stitch Kit
Beechwood sickener mushroom cross stitch kit from our series featuring six different varieties of mushrooms
Cross Stitch Kit
The Beechwood Sickener mushroom cross stitch kit is one of a series of six different mushrooms from original watercolour paintings by our designer. These six kits were created to look good individually or spectacular as part of group.
Did you know?
The Beechwood Sickener mushroom is commonly found in beech woodland and, as its ‘sickener’ name might suggest, it is poisonous. Red for danger is also a clear sign, so don’t be tempted to taste these ‘woodland lollipops’! There is a slight smell of coconut about this mushroom and, allegedly, it has a hot taste – although please don’t check to see if that is true!
But if you enjoy foraging for fungi, then these red tops are always a delight to see – and there are plenty of opportunities as they are very common and widespread across Britain and Europe. The best time to look for them is in the autumn in beech woods.
Mushrooms offer such a brilliant range of colour, shape and variety, from the red and white spotted varieties, traditional in fairy tales, to the just really weird. Our mushroom series tries to represent just a few of these interesting fungi.
The mushroom cross stitch series was designed because mushrooms are such a fascinating species. They are fast growing often appearing, as if by magic overnight and sometimes in ‘fairy circles’ this just adds to the sense of mystery – it is no wonder that they often feature in stories and folk law.
Added to this is the sense of ‘danger’ with many varieties being delicious and nutritious when eaten raw or cooked, but others are deadly, many people forage for mushrooms, but it pays to learn from an expert as there are serious poisonings and occasional deaths every year from gathering mushrooms.