Hi! Welcome to the “It’s for the Birds” blog hop. Thanks to Mary and Madame Samm for organizing the hop! If you are new to my blog, I hope you will check out some of my other posts and tutorials. If you like what you find, you might want to subscribe to my blog to stay in touch.
I love birds, as you can probably tell from the name of my blog & studio. I have always been drawn to birds, feathers, nests, and egg imagery, and in grad school, I finally put words to this fascination: birds represent that dual pull I feel (and lots of people feel) of a longing to nest but a yearning for flight. This blog hop was the perfect reason to create something new with a bird theme.
The first project I made is a three-dimensional fabric & felt bird, based off of a pattern by Mummy Sam. I picked my favorite colors and had a ball making this bird. I did hand embroidered abstract feathers in a variegated floss of blues and greens on the white felt body, and the face is hand embroidered in charcoal grey floss.
Her coat is removable, made from grey felt with a button accent.
The back of her is two different fabrics I love (by Ellen Luckett Baker), stitched together into stripes.
Her legs are a different fabric (from Monaluna’s Havana collection) torn into strips and wrapped around a wire base.
She, of course, is a sewing bird. I made her this little sewing machine (which is stuffed with dry beans so it stands),
a satchel for carrying her sewing things,
and a needle, button, and little stitching project of her own.
I am in love with this bird and have drawn a bunch of my own bird patterns to turn into 3-D sculptures.
I also made an appliqued bird wall hanging and a pin using a block I hand carved and printed:
Now for the giveaway:
I still have some charm squares of Nancy Drew fabric left from an earlier blog hop I did, so I thought I would share those with you, plus some handmade beads and other goodies, all of which will arrive in this drawstring bag handprinted with one of my original bird blocks.
To enter, just leave a comment on this blog post, being sure to include your email address so I can get in touch with you if you win. If you need an idea of something to say, how about telling me what your favorite bird is.
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The giveaway ends Friday May 17th at 8am EST. Giveaway now closed! The winner, chosen at random, is Patricia of Dogwood Lane Rambles. Congratulations, Patricia, just send me your mailing address and I will get your winnings out to you. Thank you so much to everyone who entered; your comments were wonderful! What a lot of different kinds of birds you mentioned, too.
Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to check out the other blogs participating today, too:
http://featheredneststudio.com (that’s me!)