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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