This month has been the launch of a new era over at the Art Elements blog. We are now starting to do theme challenges every month. I am SUPER excited about this because now I can participate in our challenge with any of my myriad of hobbies. Perhaps one challenge will inspire me to make a doll wardrobe. Perhaps one will get me out of the box on my bug collecting. Mixed media? SURE! Photography? Why not!
|2014 at the Knoxville Zoo with my friend's daughter. This kid-sized nest is in the parakeet aviary!|
Several years ago I had a "great" idea for a necklace. I asked Sue to make me some of her gorgeous robin egg beads, beaded them a nest, and had the whole thing connected to some leather straps, intending to twine branches, leaves and flowers up the straps...but it was just ...ugly. Too much brown on brown on brown, with three little eggs floating in the middle. So I cut it apart and started pulling new things to go with it.
|Here is the original nest with the little eggs. I had some feathers already stitched that matched the color scheme, and pulled out this little sparrow netsuke as well.|
|Sparrow looks cute on the nest, but not quite what I had in mind.|
|In digging through my stash, I started to go another direction, but the original nest just wasn't doing it for me.|
|I cut the eggs out so I could use them in a new attempt...and then the little sparrow moved in. I will probably just keep the nest and sparrow like this now, he seems so at home!|
|I captured the apple green face in blue, and then started building a tree in square stitch.|
|After the tree was built up, I tucked a nest foundation behind the edge of the trunk and added the eggs.|
|I built it up with some strange hybrid of peyote and netting, then added intertwined strands and short fringes. I will probably work back through this with some fine yarn or other fiber for some more authentic texture.|
|The back of the face is fully captured in more green and capri blue.|
|I'm on the fence now. Trying to decide if this buttefly wing is the way to go, or if I would rather head down the leaves or flowers road...|
|Additionally, I have been seriously considering sewing myself an adult human sized nest! Surely I can just scale up this tutorial, right?|
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