Saturday, 8 January 2011

Soft Sculpture Bird - the process of creation

I think everything started when I signed myself for the Birdie Swap (disclaimer :) : this bird isn't for the swap; it's to settle down my creative itch). I started to search in the net for the inspirations, pictures of sewn birds, softies, felt birds, ornaments and whatever you can find when you type 'bird ornament' or 'sewn bird' or 'bird pattern' in google. There were some free pdf patterns available, but somehow it wasn't for me. I had to do something else. So I started. I started with thinking what I want to achieve. How it should look like.
It was hard to imagine for me where to start. I decided to make a sculpture first. To plan the pattern, shape of my bird and where to piece the fabric. The one on the photo is already reshaped, cause the first attempt was not so good. You see many lines... finally I did something completely different than I had drawn:

Here is already 3rd try to make the bird. This one looks like chicken, but 100% better than the first 2 ones ;) I started with felt, couse it's better for hand sewing and you don't have to plan the seam allowance:

another try... still some thing were to correct. The big minus of starting with felt is that it's completely different from cotton. After I had the pattern based on felt ready, it worked out that I have to change it completely for the cotton.

I don't have any photos of the stages of creation the cotton bird, I was just throwing away the ugly birdies.
But this is the 'almost' final version. It took me few days to create this bird but I'm absolutely proud and happy of the result. It has wired legs, fabric beak and embroidered eyes.

Now... to check if I did well... a riddle: which bird is it?

EDIT: Tuome was the first to answer :) It's an eurasian jay. 
That means that I didn't do such a bad job ;)

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  1. sójeczka ^^ za morze leci?
    śliczna :)

  2. Haha, czyli trudne nie bylo. Ciesze sie, ze choc troche podobna ;)

  3. That is fabulous!! It is so lovely. It will make a beautiful decoration for your home! You should be very proud!

  4. You are so talented! I enjoyed seeing your creation process and am blown away at your final jay. So much life and personality shines through there!

  5. Very good job sweetie!! I adore your bluejay. We have so many of them along with the redbirds here. I can sit in my studio and look at them playing in the trees outside the window. I know that yours will bring you many years of joy (plus the cat can't eat it...unless she is like mine and hides it..hehe)


  6. That's amazing!

  7. Piękna ptaszynka! Jak prawdziwa! Podziwiam za taką misterną robótkę. Śliczności!

  8. kobietko ale masz talent!
    przepiękne ptaszynki !

  9. Kirie, you have just given new meaning to the phrase, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again!" WOW, WOW, WOW! That bird is soooo beautiful & looks as though it could fly right off the blog! Fabulous job! Fabulous birdy-art! SUPER fabulous ARTIST!

  10. This is fabulous! Thanks for walking us through your creative process!

  11. I absolutely love the wings!

    Thanks so much for sharing! :)

  12. Wow! So creative! I am impressed!

  13. That bird is awesome! I have been looking at birds. Last year my niece and I made some birds from the free patterns. I was almost pleased with them but not quite so I still want to keep at it. In fact I bought a book called The Artful Bird by Abigail Glassenberg. Lots of different birds in the book. Oh, heck, I just like looking at the pictures. I like books as much as I like crafts...
    :) Linda

  14. Hi! Sweet, beautiful and so alive! You are very talented and have made this sweety so great!
    Best wishes from Crete! Teje

  15. The bird is wonderful! Thanks for sharing your technique. Very creative and beautiful.

  16. How great are you! I love it! I would love to see more birds! Thanks so much for sharing.'

    Pattie @ On Hollyhock Farm

  17. It is so beautiful. Really, and so much work.
    Clever you.

  18. You've been featured at this week's Craftastic Monday! Be sure to stop by & grab a Featured On button. Thanks for linking:)

  19. What a talent! Very inspiring!

  20. Fabulous bird!! Thanks for auditioning for OMTWI! :)

  21. Excellent Choice of fabrics and beautiful stitch details.
    Curious how felt pattern was different from cotton pattern. Was it a complete redesign?


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