Sunday, June 19, 2011

The Eyeless Bird Brooch With Wire Leg Bits

Typically, (because this always happens when I sign myself up for a swap), I have spent the weekend all knickers-in-twist. What sort of brooch to make for a (top secret) swappee with yarnbombing tendencies and a thing for birds? There were too-many-to-count false starts and Choice Words randomly uttered.

I found a small-ish, flat-ish, vaguely bird-shaped, polished stone and cast on a rock jumper in Perle 8 embroidery thread, intending a yarnbombing in miniature. And then I looked outside at a weak, blue, waning, wintry light, declared dinner ‘tragically late’ and proceeded to photograph the beginnings of a NOT VERY, ONLY SLIGHTLY BLUE (CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?) rock jumper in weak, waning, wintry light.









OK, um...sorry. It’s a definitive case of ‘had to be there’. But observing seasonal light changes through a lens always leaves me gobsmacked.

A full night of inept crafting, with Liberty scraplets and minuscule felt bits and fairy stitchings was followed by a carefully aimed, brooch-throwing tantrum. Thank ye gods, for an invigorating, suck-it-up approach the following morning, when a birdie brooch was finally completed.



I’m still worried it’s a little on the twee side, (although the bird remains eyeless in the interests of twee minimisation). The wire leg bits were included at the last minute because I apparently have a thing for birds with wire leg bits.



Dear secret swappee, I do so hope you like your brooch.

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And dear Susie, I told you from the start there would be inevitable hyperventilation. THANK YOU for an inspired swap, SUPREMELY organised...

42 comments:

Bree said...

not twee at all, totally awesome

would love to have seen the tanty and the choice words - more so than the lovely light - but I am just that deep!

you rock (teehee) as usual

Bree

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Your partner is so lucky!!! You keep raising the bar on cute - that is so sweet Tania - love how your brain works.

One Flew Over said...

Too cute for words.

NOT twee at all x

Jodie said...

Who wouldn't love a little eyeless bird with wire legs ?

Linda said...

What a gorgeous bird brooch, I am sure your swappee is going to Love it:)

Squiggly Rainbow said...

It's gorgeous and I am sure whoever she is will just adore it!

Rach xx

Michelle said...

What's not to like? Gorgeous as always.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Not in the slightest bit twee , but Twuly Twemendous !!!

flowerpress said...

twuly twemendous, I like that :-)

And what's a swap without some hairpulling and bad language.

Love your birdie T! I think the line of the legs and the little wing are my favourite bits.

Sally said...

Tweet-mendous!

Tammi said...

What's not to love? I think it's pretty darn cute and I love that you always think outside the box :)

x

Rie said...

How could they not like it when it is just so... AWESOME!!!!!

Gaby said...

It's so cute! Who wouldn't love it? xx

Sue said...

Super cute brooch! I love the little wire legs on it. Your swappee is very lucky!

Yarn Wrap said...

how lovely and sweet.

Kate said...

Secret swapper will love it for sure.
We need to have a chat about the measuring for yarn bombing thing. I have a plan but no idea where and how to start.

Madeleine said...

Beautiful photos! :)

Cass said...

I love it Tania

Vic said...

Mine? (You can tell me, I'll keep it a secret...) ;)

teddybearswednesday said...

it is soooooooooooooo sweet I love it.
Worthy of Doug
or Reg xo

Sarah said...

That brooch is GREAT!!!

silverpebble said...

It's fabulous - I love how you've combined the two passions of the recipient. She's going to be birdily overjoyed.

Nikki said...

Who else would knit embroidery floss to make a birdy brooch from a stone...?

My (knitted) hat is taken off to you.

Jackie @ craftonmymind said...

Its fabulous, and I love the Perle

Kylie said...

See, this is exactly what you do every single time, Mrs... You come up with something of singular originality and beauty. It's just divine Tania :) Love your style (and that amazing Perle 8 too!). Kx

Lizeylou said...

oh how I wish this gorgeous bird was coming to live at my house!!

A Peppermint Penguin said...

To paraphrase Jodie, better than a little legless bird with wire eyes!

You are completely insane.

Carry on!

CurlyPops said...

Eeek! Can I hope upon hope that I'm your secret swapee?

tea with lucy said...

it's a fine line, that one between twee and kick ass cool. i'd say you've nailed the latter.

Mama of 2 boys said...

Absolutely precious in my book, a beautiful little birdie and I'll say it again, YOU are so clever :o) xo

june at noon said...

No, no, not twee. In fact, rather "tweet." (Ha! Forgive me, still in vacation brain mode.)

I think it turned out quite well. I'd take one if you offered it. ;)

LimeRiot said...

Adorable! Now I want to knit little jumpers for all of the rocks in my garden!

Kitten's Lost Her Mittens said...

Love this! Wish I were your swap partner. :)

Kate said...

Mmmm, those photos. I would definitely hang some of those on my wall.

Shannon said...

Stunning photography, loving the light and the blue..fab brooch with such a simple roll of the tongue kinda name. Sure they will love it (and if they don't, poke 'em in the eye and send it to me please)

Tas said...

Definately not twee. Might be tweet though. Oh, I crack myself up!

Margaret said...

Superb! love it!

Colette said...

Beautiful - lucky swap partner.

ann d du québec said...

I live this piou piou.
bisous du québec

Fer said...

You've done it again you awesome thing you. ♥

Flaming Nora said...

Ok its not twee, its blooming fantastic. I love it. It arrived today. Thank you sooooo much you very talented lady you!

Sandrine said...

WOW mostly impressed Tania...I just wish my name was ...Flaming Nora or something!!The colour of that perle 8 is divine on the pics xx