To practice my newly found embroidery technique used by the Otomi people to create their colorful surface patterns, I started this bird last week. The stitch used is a very narrow herringbone stitch. A stitch which I like very much for it's versatility as you can find out by the many tutorials I made for herringbone stitch variations over the years. Today I have finished the bird. I can't believe it's so fast to stitch up! The motion of herringbone stitch is very relaxing and intuitive.
herringbone stitch works with letters, too
A picture on Pinterest caught my eye yesterday. It shows a woman holding a long panel of fabric embroidered with big, colorful motifs. I have seen this picture before, but not until yesterday I clicked the link to learn more about this beautiful piece of needlework.
Isn't it odd, that although you pin and look at so many things on Pinterest, you seldomly actually click to see what is behind this picture - what is the story - what are these 10thousand tipps the Pin is advertising loudly? With the last kind of Pins - those which say they link to a page with 10 tipps to something - I tend to click them to see if there really is said information. Sadly many Pins lead to just the picture or to a page which links to the actual page. So why should I want to repin that?
But that's another story.......
My lovely hens left me a lot of beautiful feathers during molt (chicken and other birds partially loose their feathers once a year to regrow new ones, like we loose and regrow hair all the time).
I collected the most beautiful to me, because keeping them all would have been too much. I always imagined an embroidery piece with these and thought this portrait I'm doing is just the right piece for this.
If you have lots of feathers, too, and want to embroider with them keep in mind, you will not be able to use the hoop stitching them on - at least not where the feathers cross the hoops circles!
The great tit was a challenge in use of colour. I will change the pattern a bit for the final version, but I enjoyed knitting so many colours in such a little piece and consulting many pictures of birds. I think I will knit more birds in a future month. After so many grey, black and white animals for this year it's time for a little bit of colour, don't you think? Die Kohlmeise war eine kleine Herausforderung wegen der vielen Farbflächen. Für die Anleitungsversion wird es noch Änderungen geben, damit man nicht so viele Knoten in die Finger bekommt, aber es hat irre Spaß gemacht mit mehreren Farben in so einem kleinen Objekt zu arbeiten und Vogelbilder anzuschauen (ok, vor allem letzteres). Ich denke in einem zukünftigen Monat wird es mal mehr Vögel geben. Noch so vielen grauen, schwarzen und weißen Tieren dieses Jahr, ist es Zeit für etwas Farbe, oder?
This weeks puppet is the flamingo. On the photo it looks like a grandpa flamingo somehow :D
I did some research on flamingos (after I knitted it) and found out, flamingos actually don't live in the savanna. Mega Fail I would say... But I found some interesting things about flamingos, too! Since they almost always live nearby water, one would think they eat fish. But they don't! Actually fish eats they food, so they are kind of a food enemy. Flamingos eat shrimps (which eat algae) and algae. That's why their beak is curved - to seperate mud and food. If a flamingo eats mainly algae it's feathers are more pink, than eating more shrimps.
According to that, my grandpa flamingo ate only algae I would say ;)
Check out the project page with a list of all handpuppets and techniques....