Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Hanging Birdie Decoration



Hello......... Today I'm going to tell you all about my hanging birdie decoration, yes that's what I was making all along.  So I've already told you about my 'little flowers and hearts' and the 'crocheted butterfly'  that I made for this make.  Today's post is about how I put the whole thing together. 

When I made my little gingham birdie way back in August, I was inspired with so many ideas of projects that could use a little bird. This one popped into my head straight away and I knew it would be just the perfect thing when I wanted to make a house warming gift.



This time I decided to machine stitch my little birdie, I used my Mum's old Singer Sewing Machine that  I think is just such a beautiful object.  I used some Tilda fabric from my stash to make my little birdie.


Here she is all finished with a fabric wings and button eyes.


I started to think about what other items I could add to my hanging. I created a design for a multi petalled flower, I made four flowers and then two cute little Attic24 hearts.


Using Stylecraft Special DK from my stash in Fondant and Cream


I also made this cute little butterfly which you can read more about 'here'


Then it was time to play around with layout ideas


The trickiest part was attaching the items onto the thread, I used some thick cotton, and started off by measuring a length and attaching the bird, by tying a knot in the thread and with a needle pulling it through the bird from bottom to top, so the bird is held in place underneath by the knot. Simple so far.......


I then pinned  and stitched the crocheted flowers in place, a flower each side of the thread, (so two sides to each flower)


Adding the hearts and the butterfly the same way. Before attaching I threaded a few beads above the heart and then some at the very bottom for decoration and to help weight the hanging.


and Ta-dah
one cut birdie decoration


Here's a bit of a closer look


All it all with a health flare up this make took quite a lot longer than anticipated but I got there in the end, I do hope the recipient is pleased with it.



Sorry the pictures are not the brightest, but it's been so gloomy and I found this a tricky make to photograph when it was completed.



Just before I go, I'd just like to say a huge thank you to my crafting assistant Merlin, who really helped !!!  with this make as you can see.


This week I've been re reading 'The Lyme Diet' by N McFadzean, trying to find away out of this current relapse.

Joining in Ginny's 'Yarn Along'
Christina's Made by hand
 and Crocheting along  with Mairanne and Chrisse.
Happy Crafting
Clare xx

31 comments:

  1. That's just adorable! You did a nice job. Hi, Merlin, you're very helpful! :)

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  2. That is so very cute Clare, you've done a lovely job with it - such a sweet little birdie and friends - and so good that you had Merlin to lend a hand; he's a very good boy for not chasing the birdie too! Look after yourself! Warm hugs, Joy x

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    1. Thanks for the lovely comment Joy x

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  3. What a lovely gift you [and Merlin] have made, Clare! Thanks for letting us enjoy it, too.
    Gracie xx

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  4. That is a very sweet hanging garland, thank you for the tips on tying it all together and having double-sided blooms and hearts! I could see variations of this all around my house! Chrissie x

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    1. Thanks Chrissie I think I need to make another one for the Summerhouse too xx

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  5. Oh wow! How pretty! I love all your delicate little crochet components.

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    1. Thanks Shirely, and thanks for stopping by my Summerhouse.x

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  6. Oooh, it's so pretty I love the little birdie. Deb x

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  7. that's the cutest little bird I've ever seen! beautiful!!!

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  8. how pretty! i would love one hanging in my room! happy yarn along, hi merlin!

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    1. Thanks for you fab comment and for stopping by. x

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  9. oh and I also wanted to say you have a lovely crafting assistant! :D sooo cute!

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  10. Such a lovely job Clare, I love it! xoxo

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    1. Thank you it took me a while but I got there in the end, hope todays a good day for you.
      Clare xx

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  11. Very pretty indeed Clare! And a lovely house-warming gift! E x

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    1. Thank you, I just love your new smartie cushion it's fab!
      Clare x

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  12. Love your birdie decoration! and your little helper is very beautiful x

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  13. Oh that is an adorable decoration :) I love the little birdie!x

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  14. Hi Clare I love your hanging it was well worth waiting for. Your book sounds interesting I would be interested in your review of it. Hope you keep getting stronger
    Sue x

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  15. Very inspirational. I love to see how creative people can be.

    I really like that you have an old Singer machine. I wish I still had one.

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  16. Lovely decoration you (and Merline) have made, very pretty. Julie x

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  17. It's just Fab-u-Lous! Well done to you & Merlin :-)
    Wishing you a happy weekend,
    Xx

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