Bird is the Word

Birds seem to be everywhere these days: on clothing and home accessories, artwork, and all over my yard! My closest neighbors have bird feeders—in their yards and on their decks—and we’re not talking little bird houses. They are into it. And as a result, they have LOTS of bird friends, too.    

  Though I am not into “birding,” I have to say I do enjoy watching them while I have my morning tea. I actually find it quite fascinating that the squirrels and birds don’t get in each others way or fight over the spoils. It’s like they take turns…
Now I have started taking photos of the birds so that I can get a close-up look at them. It’s really very interesting to see the variety of colors and sizes. I never used to notice them, except when I heard that first harbinger of spring, but now I can’t help but watch them! It’s nice to see a flash of color at this time of year.  
  Ironically, just as birds piqued my interest, The Artful Bird by Abigail Patner Glassenberg came across my desk. If I hadn’t already taken a shine to these feathered friends, I definitely would have after looking at Abigail’s book. And lo and behold, some of my new friends were in the book: crows, quail, woodpeckers, and more. Many kinds and sizes to choose from.

The book intrigued me, so I decided to try my hand at bird making…and I had a blast. It was a lot easier than I thought it would be. I had no trouble cutting and using the pattern pieces, and the directions were very easy to follow. I liked the “Basic Bird Making” section in the front of the book; the illustrations were a big help. Also, Abigail offers options for the more difficult steps, like making the beak or stitching the eyes.

Well, here he is. I learned a lot about cutting and piecing and even about choosing fabrics. But I also learned more than how to make a bird last night:

  1. Never assume you have a tool or supply unless you have recently used it. I wanted to tape the legs on my bird and didn't have the florist tape I thought I did.
  2. Keep your work space organized. I wasted a lot of time looking for things.
  3. Maybe start with a larger bird than I did. Having never done this before, working with small pieces made it a bit more challenging.

Though we still have mounds and mounds of snow on the ground here in Massachusetts, my new bird friend has me thinking spring.

Do you make birds? Leave me a comment here and share your bird art and stories with us.

Enjoy!

P.S. Want to learn more about Abigail and her birds? Follow her blog tour here: www.facebook.com/TheArtfuBird.

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