Birds are a favorite subject of mine. I've often included them in my paintings and folk art pieces. This one was inspired by antique Steiff toys and the arrival of spring.
Even though the bird is a golden brown, I still see it as a robin... just in time for spring! The fabrics are vintage sparse mohair and recycled red wool. The underside of the wings are lined with a recycled brown wool. If you notice in the photos, the end of the tail has a reddish tint to the mohair... the fabric was shaded like that, so I made sure to cut that part to add a bit more color to the tail.
I drew a bird pattern (free-hand) on the back of the fabric, cut it out, and hand-stitched it. No patterns were used. The vintage seam binding ribbon can be removed from the bird if preferred.
My husband is a carpenter / woodworker and I used a tiny scrap of walnut wood from his shop for the beak. I carved it by hand with an exacto knife.
That wonderful old looking pincushion is made from beautiful antique French ticking that I purchased directly from a dealer in France several years ago. When I received it in the mail, I couldn't bring myself to cut into the fabric... and so it sat in a box. And I forgot about it until a while back when I was looking for a specific fabric and found it in my stash. Again, I used no pattern, cutting the pincushion design to fit under the bird, and then hand-stitching to make a tufted mattress. It is filled with snippets and scraps of 100% wool.
The bird is not attached to the pincushion in case you wish to display them separately. If you want me to sew the bird to the pincushion, I will at no extra charge.
the bird is 4" tall by 8" long
the hand-tufted pincushion is 5" square by 1 1/2" tall
This is truly one of a kind and will not be exactly duplicated. I made no pattern when I drew the bird directly on the back of the fabric... I wish I had because I love the shape. Everything is completely hand-cut, hand-stitched, and hand-carved by me.
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