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 I have just 6 more birds from the list of 20 Common Birds in Decline to do. Today I printed 3 of 4 recently cut and mounted stamps, before I was stopped in my tracks for the lack of soda ash soaked cloth. And, while looking over the recent images, I think I should reprint two out of the last 4 anyway. I am at a stand still until the fabric hanging in the bathroom drips drip.

I love this project. I have never done anything quite like it before. Each image measures 2.5×3.5″. So they are tiny. I have not measured how big the cloth I am printing on measures, I just randomly chose a size and cut a bunch of squares. I left enough white so that when I begin to embroider them, they can have a border of white around them. I do fret about how they will wash up, so I am printing several of each image so that I have plenty of test pieces.

Yes, I am going to embroider, or stitch additional details on each piece. After the Deep Clean last month, I unearthed several of these stamps and dreamed up this project, so that I can utilize the embroidery floss I had been dyeing two months previously. I am happy to say that I am also restocking my studio supplies and I will be dyeing more threads, both DMC 6 strand and some silk embroidery thread I found off eBay, coming directly from China. I will let you know how it goes.

I have not forgotten that I am going to do a giveaway of Fuglies, and I do have a free class in the works, but my timeframe is much slower than it has ever been before. Please stayed tuned and enjoy.


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Comments

  1. Susan Dunne-Lederhaas says:

    Cool Beans, Melly..love the project..

  2. Wow!!! I love this project of yours. Are you painting directly onto the cloth with dye? A warning, don’t stitch when you are mad. I have a bandaged left index finger. Stitch therapy got a little carried away. LOL!

  3. Take your time. We’ll still be here. 😉 Your birdies look loverly! Keep up the great work.

  4. I think this is just amazing but what awes me even more is that you’re printing with dyes. It’s a work of love and art. You should take as much time as you need for the process.

  5. Great project to be working on. Can’t wait to see some of the embroidery….

  6. Congratulations on being published in this book! I found you on flkcir, as we share textile groups/contacts. Your quilting work is magnificent. Truly.How great to find out you embroider as well. Since my kids learned to hold a crayon & make marks with it, I’ve been embroidering their drawings. Something about tracing the lines they’ve made with my needle reinforces what I do as a parent and as an artist. The works have grown to include applique and screen-printed elements, but at heart they’re embroideries. I’d love a chance to get my hands on your book.