Google Angry Bluebird to see him, if you are not familiar with the image.
I'll wait a minute while you do.
My bluebird is looking a little like that.
Marsha says that if you are not happy with the placement of a stitch, just stitch over it to avoid tearing the felt while ripping out. I have not been happy with many stitches so I have been stitching over them. I believe I have too many layers and I am still not happy. And my bluebird is looking about as ruffled up as the one in the photo.
I am totally OCD when it comes to my embroidery projects and I hang onto every scrap until the project is completed. This means I still have the templates for the padding and an inch or so of felt left. I think I am going to cut another piece of felt in case I need it, then very, very carefully cut out my stitches. I also think I'm going to trace out another bird on another piece of linen and practice on it until I get the shading the way I want it. Then I'm going back to the needlecase and try my bluebird again.
Otherwise, I'm afraid my expression will be as peeved as the bluebird's in the photo.