I’ve decided to work on several new  5 by 7′ birds.  After drawing my designs I did a simplified outline on linen and covered the background with snippets of fabric for sky and tree branches.  I cover these with tule and quilted them with free motion stitching.   Next I cut out the main bird body and began adding wings, beaks and light and dark areas from fabric scraps and glued them down lightly with a glue stick.  The assembled bodies were then played over the backgrounds and thread painted.

Bluebird – step by step

Cardinal background, bird without and with thread painting.  The cardinal has 16 different thread colors in it.

Two different goldfinch.

Wren -some wrens.

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IMG_5492Rufus Hummingbird