Following on from Janet Humphrey's lecture we excitedly set about making a little Derby bird, inspired from the pottery pieces - Janet provided us with some handouts to show delightful colour- schemes of Derby birds.
We soon got into our stride
Using watercolours or water-soluble crayons we painted our birds onto calico
As the birds were to be 3D we had to draw and paint 2, facing east and one facing west
The beauty of hand stitching is it allows everyone to chat - sorry - discuss their work
The joy of choosing the right colour thread
A hive of activity
A hairdryer to set the water-colour pencils and to dry the calico at the same time
Jean has a closer look at the 2D bird in a frame
A collection of Janet's little flock
''Three little maids are we''...sorry...you were working so beautifully and concentrating so hard, I couldn't resist
A lot of sewing is needed for these little birds - we thought the next one may be in machine embroidery
Joy's little bird in the early stages
We had time to peruse the wonderful 'Pearl' embroideries as the collection is now growing for the exhibition at Bilston this Autumn. They are FANTASTIC!
Janet with her flock and embroidering with us
At the end of the day we had, designed...
...and as usual, they were all different and beautiful.
Hopefully ladies, you will finish your birds in time for the Bilston exhibition
They will look stunning when complete and padded, with the addition of a beak which is painted and then applied
Don't forget the washer that sits at the bottom of the bird after he has been stitched and padded
WELL DONE GIRLS