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....