Mar 072014
 

Congratulations to LeAnn Frobom for being the winner of The Artful Bird: Feathered Friends to Make & Sew, by Abigail Patner Glassenberg. To qualify for the book drawing, I asked readers last week to name their favorite bird. “What a cool book!” said LeAnn. “I love the page with the feather options. My favorite bird is the cardinal.”

Drawing WinnerOther birds that were popular include the ones shown below, represented by handmade items on Etsy. Can you spot the robin, hummingbird, blue heron, shama thrush, cardinal and geese? Can you identify the other birds? Click on any photo to see if you’re right.

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LeAnn is a fellow teammate of Blogging Business Artisans, a small group of Etsy sellers who cross-promote each other’s shops while blogging and socializing with each other. Her Etsy shop is Pasque Flower Creations, where she sells her functional fabric products that include oven mitts, baby bibs, bunting, bags. journal covers, and more. The variety in LeAnn’s shop is perhaps a reflection of her eclectic background. “I’m a fabric fanatic, Etsy entrepreneur, quilter, retired administrative law judge, seasonal tax professional, empty-nester and grandma,” writes LeAnn at her blog, Ponderings.

PasqueFlower Collage

A couple of last week’s readers mentioned they particularly liked the page in The Artful Bird about feather textures you can produce with different materials and techniques. In my post, I pointed out that the feathers of a bird sculpture are where a mixed media artist can really use her imagination. If you are interested in introducing fabric textures into your mixed media art projects, some resources you may find helpful include the following books from the sewing world. Most of these are available on Amazon.com, but others can be found on Abebooks.com or in your local library:

Thank you to everyone who entered The Artful Bird giveaway—be on the lookout for the next giveaway!

Book Cover

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Feb 282014
 

I haven’t done a giveaway in a while, but recent wintry temperatures and a desire to see spring soon reminds me of birds, so that’s what the giveaway will be about this time: Abigail Patner Glassenberg’s The Artful Bird: Feathered Friends to Make and Sew.

Book Cover

Abigail writes about the basic construction techniques for making your own 3-D bird sculptures from nothing more than cotton fabrics, wool stuffing, interfacing, fusible web, batting, floral tape and wire. She breaks down the components of creating a bird into the body parts, head, wings and tail, beaks and eyes. When you have learned the basics of assembly, you can produce your own designs. You can also re-create one of Abigail’s designs; she includes 40 of her projects in the book.

Anatomy of a Bird

Anatomy of a Bird

All of Abigail’s birds are designed to stand up on their own. One of my favorites is the lark below.

Lark

The woodpecker shown below reminds me of the little guy that wakes me most mornings as he bores into one of the tree trunks in the woods behind my house.

Woodpecker

Part of the fun of designing your own birds is decorating the wings. You can overlay lace, smock fabric, embellish with ribbon, cut up book pages, glue down seed beads, use free-motion embroidery, glue down rhinestones, use acrylic paints, or even sew on fabric yo-yos. The wings are a mixed media artist’s canvas, so use your imagination—your bird doesn’t have to be realistic!

Surface Design Techniques for Wings

To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is tell me what your favorite bird is in the comments below. A week from now (or later, if the minimum number of 5 entries is not reached), I will select a recipient randomly using True Random Number Generator. Good luck!

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