Closeup of the bird...her wings are leather and her body is made up of ultra suede and decorator 38 ga. foil.
She is sitting on a watch band (my BFF gave me lots of watch parts when her father passed away). I painted the band with some brown and gold acrylic paint, then attached with large beads on each end.
Detail shots of embellishments
More watch parts...wire coil piece I couched down. Of course I had to add beads!!
I found lots of metal pieces at Hobby Lobby..and I hand stitched the entire background. I did machine stitch in the ditch before hand work just to stabilize.
I think I enjoyed working on this particular challenge even more than others I've done in this group! I was going to do a horse but got thinking about my first bird I beaded. So this was my inspiration! This is actually a Helen Knott pattern from the American Quilter magazine (March 2011 issue).
I had stamped gears on paper last year...I don't remember why but I stamped on watercolor paper in brown and pink..again, don't ask...I don't remember why..so I cut out the bird pattern and started to look for pieces of metal/leather/etc. So this is what I wanted to create in a quilt!
From there I started to print gears using a stencil on different fabrics - commercial and hand dyed. And I wasn't sure if I wanted brown or blue!
So what else to do but combine the brown and blue fabrics! I did add a 1/4" brown border in between each area.
Of course, I had to decide how to bind or face this piece. I just happen to watch some Quilting Arts programs I had on Tivo and guess what! Sarah Ann Smith was on with some tips and hints on binding and edging your quilt! WOW! You really have to watch this episode. I used her tip on couching thread, although I used a thin leather cord (leftover from a kumihimo bracelet I made!) along the edge. The cord was in pieces so I didn't get a smooth turn around the corners. I had to butt the ends together, 'but' I'm still happy with it! I did send Sarah a pic of my edges on FB.