SAL 25 -A bird in the hand….

Hello everyone, I do seem to have managed to get a little bit of sewing done in the last three weeks! Last time we got together I had just attended a day course with the wonderful Georgina Bellamy of ‘That Embroidery Girl’ and was in the process of stitching a metal work robin, I had finished off all the padding and made a start on adding the metals. Here is where I was at….

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The next step was to add the wing feathers – these were made by dying some cotton material with acrylic paints and then covering with gold and bronze gutta in quite a haphazard design. The wing feathers were sewn above a layer of vinyl feathers over the felt backing.

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The breast of the bird was sewn in smooth purl. I used three shades of red and looped the metal as you can see here….. The loops were interspersed with bright check chippings.

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Here is a close up of the looped metal… Cotton thread is passed up through the felt and into the little metal tubes before being plunged back down into the padding.

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And here is where I am at as I write this (however, I have written this in advance – so might actually be further along when this is published! – Is that cheating a little?).

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I am really enjoying sewing this little project as it is not too difficult so I can pick it up and do a few minutes each evening. I do hope you are all having fun with your projects, can’t wait to see what you have been up to!

Thank you for popping in. Happy stitching and I hope to see you all in another 3 weeks.
We are a small group of crafters using a variety of different techniques. Please check out the fabulous stitching by all the other members of the SAL. If you are interested in joining us you can contact Avis for details.
AvisClaireGunCaroleSueConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidi, Jackie, SunnyHayleyMegan, MaryMargaret, ReneeCaremlaJocelynSharonDaisy , AnneConnie,   CJ

About wybrow1966

My name is Deborah, and my earliest recollection of being creative is learning how to smock at primary school. We had a wonderful, white-haired lady who came in once a week to teach the 'girls' how to sew. I am not sure what the boys got up to during this time - but I never once felt as though I was missing out on anything. Now, as a primary teacher, I often give up evenings to teach enthusiastic children how to embroider. I am now just about to embarked into the world of blogging. Who knows if anyone will be interested, or if I can even keep it up. But here goes....
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32 Responses to SAL 25 -A bird in the hand….

  1. Connie says:

    This is gorgeous!! All the different pieces and different methods are amazing. The feathers really look like real feathers to me.

  2. How wonderful!!! It’s beautiful to see how you use the various materials. You are very good!

  3. Sharon says:

    What an intriguing and interesting project. Your bird is stunning! I love the mix of mediums with this 🙂

  4. claire93 says:

    wow! so many stages to do before actually being able to start assembling and embroidering. He’s going to be stunning.

  5. Wow! so many different techniques in a little bird, it looks stunning – so clever.

  6. Jocelyn Thurston says:

    You are forming this gorgeous little creature…thank you for explaining and sharing. I love it all.

  7. Christina says:

    Wow! This is truly magical. The acrylic dyed cotton is beautiful! I’m loving the colors 🙂

  8. Totally stunning! I love all the techniques and beautiful threads you use in your pieces.

  9. craftycreeky says:

    Wow! That is amazing – all those tiny red loops!! Stunning 🙂

  10. Carole says:

    Wow, I’m completely in awe ❤

  11. Renee says:

    Absolutely stunning! This is amazing. Beautiful work.

  12. AJ says:

    Wow that is so wonderful!

  13. rutigt says:

    I love your work! The bird is so beautiful!!!

  14. He’s looking really fabulous – I love the effect of the feathers contrasting with the looped purl on his breast!

  15. Very interesting technique! I have never seen anything like this 🙂

  16. teamwilsun says:

    As always, I am so impressed and stunned by the amazing techniques you do! Beautiful!!!

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