Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Love Birds!

Most everyone who knows me knows that I love birds.  Joe says it's because I have a bird beak for a nose.  I'll take that.  I do!

Often, when I don't know what I feel like sewing my hands go to bird making.  You can see several Ann Wood birds that I've made in the Misc. page on this blog.  

I make other types of birds, too.  One that I've been fooling with for a few years now is a bird broach.  I've gathered a little flock.

Here they are, all flocked together on the railing of bunkhouse deck, enjoying this ancient red rose in all her glory.  We inherited this rose, I know not the name.

My little broaches, well, they're not so little, are really satisfying to make.  I pull out the bin full of hundreds of fabric scraps and start painting with cloth.

 They are very rough, I don't like to work in an exacting way, nor am I able to so that works out.  I use pearl cotton, embroidery thread and regular sewing thread.  The base is cardboard.  I tape wire to the legs for stability.

These little guys are a joy to make because each piece of cloth is a reminder of a project I worked on. The cloth could be old silk scarves, cashmere, vintage kimono fabric, pieces of garments I made or remade from RTW.

I glue a piece of cashmere onto the back, cut it just a smidge bigger than the cardboard.  I attach a pin back to the cashmere before glueing.
Then I sew the small pieces that make up the bird to that along the edges.  I finish with the stitching.

And I make a big, glorious mess doing it!

Here is a post from Colossal, a wonderful online newsletter that I subscribe to, showing  latte birds.  So delightful.


  1. These are all so charming. My sis is a birdie so I should encourage her to make some of her own. What a lovely hobby. Karen

  2. Sitting in my front room watching a female and male bird making a next in a tree feet away from the front window. What a coincidence that I should receive your email today. The birds I am watching are not as colorful as the birds you are creating. Love your birds.

    1. I so love watching the birds in my fountains. It's the best tv show around! Thank you for tuning in.

  3. Gayle, I've followed your blog for years and admired the beautiful, creative things you make, but I've gotta say these birds are spectacular. You've outdone yourself and I love how they are nestled among the bougainvillea! Outstanding!

  4. Love your birds Gayle.❤️❤️❤️

    1. Thank you, MG. Hope to see you in Ashland in the next few months!!

    2. Dear Gayle, You are so awsome, and I LOVE your style of birds! Each one is such a character with a personality. xoxoDiane

    3. Thanks, Diane! You and I have a passion for making birds!!


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