10 November 2007

a bird-brained experiment

bird-brained design

Every morning when I have my breakfast, I sit by the kitchen window, watch the chickadees and woodpeckers at the bird feeder, and think about how much fun it would be to make a bird softie. I've been meaning to make one for a long time, but I am always daunted by the actual prospect. There are so many others who make birds, and they do them brilliantly. The first names to come to mind are Ann Wood, Abby Glassenberg (while she naps), and Stephanie Congdon Barnes (little birds). So I am always a little shy about it. This morning, I figured, "Why not go for it, and see what it looks like?" Well, this is what it looks like. I think it's cute, but next time, I think I will forgo using the safety eyes and will maybe use a bead or perhaps just do a French Knot for each eye. The plastic eyes are a bit bulky and out of proportion on this size bird. I am happy with the shape of the body, but I might make the head just a smidgen more narrow, like by 1/4 of an inch tops. By the way, do you wanna laugh? Check out my first attempt at machine-sewing a gusseted toy. I was trying to make this softie here. Ahhhhh, how we've grown (I hope!).


11 comments:

abbyjane said...

She's so beautiful! I have a thing for birds, as you might have guessed. I love to see how different people express them in fabric.

Ashley said...

I actually like the big eyes--I feel like chickadees especially have those big, bright curious eyes. And I LOVE the mix of flannel and cotton

Looking back at that duck--hilarious. You have come a long way, girlie :)

Anne said...

Aw, what a sweet little bird! If you ever start making owls, I'll be doomed! I'll have to just hand over my wallet. :)

Green Kitchen said...

Wow! You have come a long way. Your current work looks very professional. I've only made the gusseted little lambs from Turkey Feather's free pattern. They're cute, but they each twist in a different direction. I think it works for the sprightly lambs, but when I tried to make a miniature Pooh it got all weird. Do you baste first?

pungsnotded said...

It is very cool, and I love the big eyes. They look realistic.
Great work.

knitting harvest said...

Absolutely beautiful! I would be sure to grab one up in the store if you posted them.

Ani said...

love! i think it's perfect!

kristin said...

you've done it yet again! she's an adorable little bird...and i have to agree with the others...from the duck to this bird, you've come a loooong way in a short amount of time. keep up the wonderful and inspiring work.

sulu-design said...

Be still my beating heart! Such a sweet little guy. I love the proportions, and your take on a soft bird is so different than what i've seen elsewhere. Wonderful.

diana said...

So cute! I love his big eyes too!

Kristine said...

That little bird is pure perfection. Love it!