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Where now?

I feel as though I’ve been working on this Osprey forever. I suppose I have, if only because my back problem kept me from doing much to him. I still have the problem but pain meds, physio and acupuncture have given me a bit more movement and less pain.

He’s now available in my etsy shop  so pop along to see how much he is, there. Or if you are interested and don’t want to go through that, you can send me a message on my facebook page and we can go from there using paypal. (Same price as on etsy).

Now the next problem is………

 

WHAT NEXT? Suggestions always welcome😀

 

We will be taking a short break…

Morning lovelies!

I’m typing this from my bed so excuse any typos:)

My back issues are now causing major problems. Firstly I can’t get comfortable in any position now and only able to walk 15 steps at most before wanting to fall on the floor doing the ‘dying fly’ (google Tiswas & Dying fly). In huge amounts of pain which the meds aren’t touching now and slathering on the Deep Freeze gel like it’s going out of fashion.

I’m off to see a spinal specialist this week as we’re pretty sure it’s not sciatica now, so hopefully will have more news then. I say ‘off to’ – that’s assuming I can get down the stairs and into the car without passing out.

As you can imagine, no sewing is getting done. I will keep you up to date on that, I’m going to get the husband on Facetime and send him into my sewing room, guiding him around the room for supplies to bring up to me if this carries on. Please keep visiting the page, I’ll try to share lots of pages, links etc to keep you interested.

 

lots of love x

How do you do that?

It’s a question I’ve been asked on several occasions since I’ve been making my small embellished birds. So I’m going to tell you……

Let’s start with inspiration. When I first started making little birds, it was from the pattern by Ann Wood – she also has a facebook page. I never stop telling people about her patterns. They are incredibly well written with lots of photos and in some cases, like the little wire legs, video! I’ve only made her small birds but she now has quite a few patterns available for sale, including the very wonderful owls and adorable little mice. She’s one of the few textile artists who give permission for you to use her patterns to make things to sell. I still use her pattern when I make my little giveaway birds.

Go to her site, buy a pattern, you will NOT regret it.

There are many other great textile artists who make birds, Abigail BrownDi Osman, Daisy Chain Creations and Made by Aimee among others. Emma Hall makes fabulous birds and patterns as well. Pop along and have a good look at their work.

Now, how do I make mine? I can’t really tell you. I worked on some basic patterns, the flamingo was my first, a very fluid but easy to recognise shape. I did lots of sketches, lots of rough pattern drafts until finally, I had a pattern. Even then, it didn’t turn out the way I expected because as I decorate my birds, I alter the shape of them with stitches, pulling them around, pushing them into place, adding wire. It’s trial and error. Every single bird is unique. I’ve made lots of robins and kingfishers and each one is better than the last because I’m improving them as I go. Look at the Crows below for example.

 

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Evolution of the Crows

The one on the larger white skull was the very first, made over two years ago and the one on the right, last summer. I’ve even used the same fabric. But they are vastly different.

I won’t be making patterns of my birds to sell, I won’t be doing tutorials or ‘how to’ guides. Basically because even I don’t know how I do it most of the time. My birds are constantly evolving.

I like to think that part of the charm of my work, is that every single piece is different, it’s one of the reasons they are covered in hundreds if not thousands of stitches. I don’t want to turn out many, many identical pieces or in actual fact, see copies of my stuff, selfish I know. Sorry😦

I’m more than happy to encourage and point you in the general direction of great pattern designers. I will always say the same thing….practise, practise, practise. We are ALL capable of being good at something, it’s just a question of finding out what it is and working at it. It’s important to take inspiration from others but to use it to find your own way.

 

Get out there, do your thing, make it yours, make it awesome!

Happy New Year!!

It’s a bit late I know but for some reason January seemed to race by at such a speed and here we are, a week into February!

I finally finished a commission piece for a Guinea Fowl, I was pleasantly surprised at how well he turned out.

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Guinea Fowl – Commission Piece

I have two lovely little robins that were commissioned for a wedding, this time they will have personalised silver rings around their legs which I think adds a really nice personal touch.

two little robins

My current project is a Kingfisher and another embellished Robin which means that by next week, I’ll be starting on a different bird. I want to move away from commissions for a while. As much as I love the interaction I get with my clients I find that I’m doing a LOT of robins. Which is great but isn’t doing a lot for stretching my creative muscles. I was planning on a pair of swans for Valentine’s Day but by the time that comes round, I’ll be lucky to have started them.

I’ve seen a few really fabulous birds I want to try, a Harpy Eagle, several birds of paradise and a parrot are definitely on my list!

 

Have a great February:)

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AWOL!

Yes, it’s been a week without a single post or word from me. I haven’t been feeling right and after much soul searching, self diagnosed myself with C.B.A Syndrome. I’m sure I’ll get over it but it’s one of those virus’ that can disappear for long periods at a time but return with a full on attack without warning.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with this virus, don’t worry, it’s not contagious. It’s full name is Can’t Be Arsed Syndrome and as far as I am aware it’s not hereditary either😀

My motivation went through the floor. To be fair I had a major issue with my shoulder last weekend, obviously slept funny on and had a bit of a recurrence of rotator cuff problem that I’ve had in the past. I also had the starting of a bug, another cold I think. But the desire to do anything creative was gone. I have a lovely new shelving unit that the husband put together for me, ready to start getting rid of plastic storage tubs and draws. But even that couldn’t tempt me to do anything. We’ve also been putting up new curtains and lights, general decoration things that required step ladders, drills and lots of swear words.

Anyhoo, I have returned and will be working on a lovely crow next week. I’ve done the body already and started on the embroidery. This crow is going to be in the ‘eating’ position, with his head to the floor. I’m also planning to incorporate some real feathers into the wings this time. I’ll keep you updated.

Time to tackle those new shelves, I might even give you a Friday ‘Shelfie’ when it’s done:)