Paulette opted to stitch the partridge on her Christmas quilt without the topknot, thus making him a little more authentic. The stitches we planed seem to be working out well - good thing since I had already painted them on the canvas! It's amazing what a little white acrylic paint will do. I decided to stitch an Amadeus topknot on mine and offer him as a separate ornament as well as the center piece of the wreath. He's turning out to be quite a versatile little guy.