Friday, March 29, 2019

Friday Finish!

This week I have spent working on my rug and my hand quilting, still lots to go. I have been wanting to make something felted, so yesterday I worked on a stork. I got a book from the library, but you know me, I looked at the pictures and did my own thing.

I also have been wanting to try a wire form, so for this one I used chenille. I made a body part, wings and feet and then I wrapped roving around the main frame, to get started. Once that was done, I added the roving to form the stork.

It was nice having a form to work around without thinking about attaching the pieces, but it also made it harder to felt, since I had to work around the chenille and once I hit it and broke a needle. I think I enjoy free form felting better, I have more control over shapes and forming the shape to get depth and details.

Not what I wanted to happen, but not too bad. I think I will go back and fix a few things, definitely his big feet, lol. I can cut off the excess and reform with new roving.

Since I have made a long length of braid, I started sewing it together. I tried following the directions for sewing properly, which didn't work for me. The braids are smaller and not formed perfectly, so I have to sew under some and through others. As long as I can't see the thread and it is sewed tightly, I am fine with that.

This is what I have done so far, it is taking a lot longer than I remember. I work on this for a bit during the day and my hand quilting at night, eventually both projects will get done.

Here is a close up, I cannot get the true green. It is bright, but more a blue/green shade, with dark blue and medium blue.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. We have a nice day tomorrow. I have decided it is time to get out for more hiking and less bending over the beach, so hopefully I am up for a good hike tomorrow.


Lady Locust said...

You get so many fun things done! I've never been brave enough to do a braided rug. I love them though- maybe someday.

Sandi said...

He is cut sort of a cross between a seagull and an albatross!

Your rug looks good, I like the secondary design that comes out for me.

Hope you have a good hike and weekend.

Fiona said...

I love your bird... he makes me think of a pelican. The braided rug looks great too... I hope it is not too hard on your hands and shoulder

Rugs and Pugs said...

I love the big feet on your stork!

PaulaB quilts said...

Poor stork needs some help I think. He’s looking a bit desperate. Your rug is really beautiful with three colors and never seen one that formed such a nice overall pattern because of the limited colors. Keep up the good work!

Anna said...

I always love your zest for the adventure! that braided rug looks like it was made by a professional!

acorn hollow said...

Always so creative! Love your bird

TheCrankyCrow said...

Awwww....I love your stork!!! I used to felt quite a bit, but haven’t done any in years. I guess I just don’ have the requisite “visual” part of brain required....Some pieces turned out good, but they were a bit “over-challenging” for me LOL (not to mention dangerous as I stabbed myself repeatedly it seemed). Your braided rug amazes me. Like I said, the closest I got to braiding was a braided border on one of my little hooked mats.... I can’t imagine doing an entire rug. EEEEK! Happy hiking and beach combing! It was sputtering snow here and there the past few days in our parts...looking foward to a few days of milder temps and perhaps some sun finally. Happy April! ~Robin~

Allie said...

Aww I love his big feet!!! So darling! And your rug is just gorgeous, love the colors!