Thursday, 15 September 2011

Magic Feathers

Jude Hill, of SpiritCloth, is gathering 1000 embroidered feathers from around the world and sewing them together.   She says: 

"The Magic Feather Project is a collective stitching project focused on creative sharing and giving. The magic feather has been my personal symbol for almost forever. With the idea of making it a symbol of something bigger than just myself, I thought I would share it with you and you in turn might stitch one (at least) and send it to me so I might, in turn, sew a bunch together and put the larger cloth to some charitable use.My target for any charity efforts connected with this project  is children. Their well being and education. I may give or donate some of the cloths directly or donate them for auction. We'll see."



She also has a Facebook page and a Flickr page, if you would like to see some of the wonderful donations she has already received.
I'm finding them a bit addictive to make....  These are sewn on a piece of roughish cotton which I indigo dyed at the shibori workshop I went to earlier this year.   The one where I had to walk home 3 miles carrying a bucket and drainpipe and looking like a bag lady. Oh, don't remind me.  Anyway, the bits where the dye was resisted look a little bit feathery in places, so I though I would use silks in similar shades to create some harmony.  
The backing cloth in this one is an old soft thick piece of cotton which was an altar cloth in a previous life.   It's actually a bit more of an ochre colour than it looks and is gently faded in the folds.   The thread was some hand-dyed I bought years ago from Myfanwy.

In between feathers I've free-machine stitched some little brooches.   This poor bunny perhaps needs reporting to the RSPCA, with its dislocated tail and withered back leg....

Job for today:  removing Bondaweb glue from the ironing-board cover before my husband permanently fixes his work-shirt to it....

Chrissie

9 comments:

Fiona said...

This is a lovely post with a great ending. Made me smile and I especially like the little dog. The feathers are great. I think I might try some.

Jill said...

Love the feathers - they are very tempting - your bond-a-web tale made me smile too!

Joanna said...

Beautiful feathers and the MFP is a sweet idea. Hee hee, the ironing board comment made me giggle (I think we've all been guilty of similar!).

Menopausalmusing said...

You've got a husband who knows what an ironing board is???? How on earth did you find one of those?

Beautiful feathers - off to look at more..........

hensteeth said...

Feathers, Bunnies and Doggies...great combo.
Buy another ironing board, I have, takes the worry out of being creative. x

Gina said...

Deny all knowledge of the ironing board... that's what I do! Love the feathers on the indigo.

Anonymous said...

Oh Chrissie - you are just so talented. How on earth do you make the time for all that you do!? I particularly love the feathers on the altar cloth - it's the colours, they're so gorgeous - and the very surprised looking doggie. Perhaps he didn't see the large spike coming .......
Anne

Printed Material said...

Hey superwoman, is there nothing you can't do?! Love those feathers in all their wonderful indigo-ness but that dog is to die for. He - is it a he or she? - has given me an idea. May I nick his little shape for something? Lesley x

Things Hand Made said...

Haven' seen a post from you so hope you are well. Wander over to the postmans knock blog and see if you fancy the idea of a Christmas " do"?