Thursday, May 10, 2012

Felt Along Day 6: This Bird Has a Colorful Background

Inquiring minds want to know.
As we complete our Felt Along with the little bird you have to ask yourself: what is his background? Did he go to Harvard? Yale? Was his mother a graduate of the Chicago School of Fusing?

To make up the decorative elements for the background of our charming little bird, we go to a favorite tool of mine, the Accuquilt Baby Go die cutter. To make the crescent shape above I first cut out the large circular flower shape using the Kay's Bouquet die . That shape is cut in half to make the crescent shape.
Next the crescent is placed in the corner of the border felt. (Note that the border felt has been trimmed with a scallop blade in the rotary cutter.) Add a blue dot to the center. The dot is also cut from the Kay's Bouquet die.
Using a Size 8 thread in the Asters colorway, I added Pistil Stitches and French Knots and the famous Blanket Stitch around the 2 elements. To give it a more finished look, I also placed Straight Stitches around the little scallop curves on the outside edge.
Our little bird measures about 9" wide by 7" high.
Here's our little bird with his colorful decorations sprucing up his background. Not sure if I need another surrounding fabric. What do you think? Is he complete?


Gene Black said...

I think it looks great. I do like the black border, which I suspect is only in the photo. So you could add a black border to give it some real POP!

Sequana said...

I like the finish of the scallops around the piece. No matter what you do with it now, there will be some other kind of "surround" won't there? So that itself would finish it up.

WoolenSails said...

Love how you mounted it on the background and added the corner decorations.


Doreen said...

He (she?) looks quite content and happy in the current surroundings!!

nicemurderknitter said...

I just love the bird and can't wait to start this felting project myself. To me it looks complete, although I agree with a previous comment about the black background looking good. But I'm just a novice and whatever you make or do always looks brilliant.

Maggie said...

My dear it looks GORGEOUS just the way it is!!

edyB said...

Woo Hoo ~ love this little birdie!
The little cut outs work for that blue background ~ everything is just perfect and wonderful! CUTE!

Stephen Hughes said...

He (she?) looks quite content and happy in the current surroundings!!