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Little Birds

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Little Birds

I am draw to the tiny little birds that hop around our garden eating the aphids off the rose bushes. My little sewn birds were so much fun to create, though many hours of work they bring the wonderment of these little creatures from the garden to my bookshelf as a reflection of their perfect little beaks, eyes watching and their quick movements from one plant to another.

The base shape was made from the paper-sculpting medium Karen Brown used with my son, Andrew at school. Shaped around a wire base, the paper-sculpting medium is light and you are able to sew into the paper once dried to attach the fabric. With small pieces of fabric covered the shape with embroidered wings and feathers. The little beaks are from fimo. The nest I wove from small branches and wire lined with wool. I think I need to create some little blue eggs……

Written by Penelope Leonard

July 23rd, 2015 at 6:49 am

Embroidery and appliqué is good for the soul

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The cool winter nights in Mornington spent toiling over a piece of fabric with embroidery and appliqué is good for the soul. This woolen scarf came about when I found a piece of cream woolen jersey fabric I had been hording for a while, long enough for a hungry moth to luncheon on a fold all the way through making random little holes. To cover the little holes I placed light blue birds of fluffy fabric from a beloved jigsaw skirt I could no longer wear and hand embroidered around the edge with only a few simple lines on the actually bird itself. Three different green woolen fabrics from boil sage wool to dark green felt created the foliage with the little running stitch to draw the elements together. My beautiful mother painstakingly wove the beautiful cream fringing on the short edge to complete the creation. It is so lovely and warm to wear. More photos on facebook. https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=874585709257220&id=108208722561593

Written by Penelope Leonard

July 19th, 2015 at 12:14 am