Friday, March 25, 2016

Hatched

The Vermont bird museum is having a show this summer featuring fiber arts and the egg.

I showed you the birds nest with eggs and here is the other one I am submitting.

It started out being a hermit thrush egg which is a light blue with blotches so I took a light blue mottled fabric and splattered a bit of brown pain on it.
 

This little guy started out being white but then I have been watching the do eagles hatch and seeing .those little bundles of grey joy hatch, I had to make them grey. The grey fuzz is grey wool roving meddle felted in the black felt inside the egg and then sewn down by hand to secure.

You can watch the eagle cam here.

With that finished its on to a new project.

 

It's a landscape and I am trying to add some light areas. Tried dynaflow here which is very thin.

 

Wanted it more pronounced so added some regular white paint watered down alittle.

 

Still not satisfied so added some pearl and shimmer violet fabric paint - ok, stop now.
 

Now, time to pull fabrics - my favorite thing!

Stay tuned

:-)

 

 

Friday, March 18, 2016

Birds nest fiber art

Remember the birds nest I started over a month ago ?

I ended up sewing all the different stuff on by hand. (and there is lots of stuff!)

The green grass/leaves are sewed right sides together with the end open, then turned right side out.

Next floral wire is folded in half and shoved up the opening. Then I sewed the end to the bottom. The wire enables the leaves to bend and stay there sort of like wired ribbon.

There are lots of different bunched up yarns, some burlap, strings and some intertwined dried vines and sticks all sewn down to a black felt back. After all is complete I made a brown grass printed quilt just a tad larger to attach the nest to so it can be hung. I used my usual triangle method so dowels can be placed both top and bottom.

 

The eggs are done by taking three layers of batting over a layer of heavy interfacing, then cutting the fabric a good inch bigger all around.

 

Doing a running stitch all around, then gathering it around the egg and securing with thread.

 

Viola!

 

Speaking of birds nests, are you watching the dceaglecam?

http://www.eagles.org/dceaglecam/

 

One of the eggs hatched Wednesday and the other will be hopefully any day now.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Hawaii Humphrey

 
This is Humphrey who lives in Hawaii.

This is Humphrey who lives at my house in Vermont.

If you would like Humphrey to live with you, he is for sale in my etsy shop here.

My post a couple weeks ago showed a lot of the making of him. After that the fence was added and the all important dot of white in the eye. Inktense pencils were used for shading on the nose and mouth.

 

 

Here is the back - I did a lot of quilting.

Humphrey is such a handsome boy - I love him.

 

The ice is finally gone from the trails so was able to go to my favorite hiking spot today.
The lake had this wonderful fog and you could see some chunks of ice floating about.
Just beautiful.

 

 

 

Friday, March 4, 2016

Pet safe pincushions

If you have dogs or cats and sew, you know that person pincushions and pets do not mix. More than once I have had my dog get ahold of the "stuffed toy with all the things sticking out of it" and I have luckily noticed before a pin did any damage. It's my worse nightmare to think of any of my dogs swallowing needle.

 

So I upcycled a small peanut jar to make a little (sewing center).

See the pincushions at the top under the lid? I had to drill two holes in the jar lid to attach the pincushion which is made easily by cutting a circle, gathering a running stitch and filling with fiberfill. After the pincushion is tied onto the lid, cover the lid with ribbon or paint or whatever.


I made another another one out of a prescription pill bottle. It's tiny but just big enough for a needle and a few wonder clips that I use when doing hand sewn binding.
How do you keep the dangerous tools of the trade from your animals?