Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Bird Dance - A Progress Report

My birds to date

Some of Janine's birds











My sister Janine and I are currently just over two months into our Bird Dance project.  To date, she has completed  about 20 birds and I have almost completed 12.  We are both enjoying learning new stitches, trying out fun fabric/felt/thread colour combinations and the joy of hand sewing.  Of course during this process we are frequently finding we don't have the correct coloured threads, so a little stash enhancement is occurring too. 

We thought it would be interesting to see some of the same birds we have completed, together, but made to our own tastes. (Hover the cursor over each picture to see what bird belongs to who)  Some of the birds we have changed or omitted stitches that the pattern said to do. Some of the patterns we have found show a certain type of stitch but then don't instruct you to do it, or tell you do do a different one when the picture shows something else, so we feel quite happy adding our own touches to these.  My sister is also a lot more adventurous with her stitches, if I think it's too hard I change it.

At this point I imagine my sister will have all 30 birds completed by the end of March, while I'm still plodding along.  I really need to get organised and find our next felt project for a July start.


11 comments:

  1. All your birds look great. Fun and colourful. How big are the blocks?

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  2. They are currently 6.5" square - will be some tight swam allowances on some of these with the bird placement.

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  3. How fun! These bird collections are going to be wonderful. What kind of thread do you use on the embroidery stitches? And when you applique with wool, is there a seam allowance, or just a raw edge? I've been thinking about doing some wool applique, but know nothing about it yet.

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  4. Stash enhancement is ALWAYS fun! Both lots of birds are looking lovely, lots of intricate stitches........enjoy!

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  5. All those birds are very beautiful, Julie. I can't choose a favourite one! Meg:)

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  6. Beautiful Julie! There are some lovely combinations, and great stitching!

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  7. Aren't these fun! Your stitching adds such detail and interest, as well as the sweet background details! Just when i think i have scrolled through to see my favourite, the next one catches my eye! Lovely, lovely work Julie! (PS I got that fabric in the mail to you yesterday. Or was it Friday...?)

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  8. Wow, just amazing. All of them are beautiful.
    Amazing talent.
    Carla

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  9. Just glorious Julie! What a great project for two sisters to work on.

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  10. Love them Julie, beautiful work - what a fun project and cool to be working on it with your sister. Neat to see the variations between the two stitchers too.

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  11. you have quite the menagerie!! They are looking fabulous :-)

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