It's lovely !I also bought a present for a friend; but for her birthday (next Tuesday - same day as our little Hugues).
Oh, gosh! The little bird is adorable! Your stitching is beautiful. I am assuming it is done with backstitch. I think it gives such a nice look. On most of the redwork I've seen here, the stitchers seem to use outline stitch a lot. I prefer the look of yours.
Thanks for stopping by to see what I've been up to today.