In my mom's treasures I found her parrot pincushion that I remember from when I was a little girl. I just loved to play with it, pins and all. My mom and all of her sisters sewed and all of them had these adorable birds. I know this is over 60 years old but I have no idea how much older. I know it didn't look new even when I was little, so if anyone has an idea when these common, please let me know. Now it's missing some stitches and part of a tail feather!
Anyway, it's such a fun memory to me that I want to make some. My first idea was to use some pretty felt that I made and use a Sizzix bird die to cut out the bird, but as I studied the original bird I think I can make a pattern and make some just like it. I may even try duplicating it with the original color felts, too. I don't want to take it apart, so I'll just draw around it - I think I can come close.
I will have to do some shopping to add all of the felt colors for the parrot, so tomorrow I will use my needle felted piece and cut out the other bird shape. I added some little goat curls to my piece of felt and once the bird is cut out I can add hand stitching and other embellishments. It will be cute and fun to make tomorrow while the stores are closed.
I will be shopping Wednesday for the other felts and try to make several of the parrots. These would be such fun gifts for my cousins as a little reminder of all of our moms.
So now that this is all decided, I wish you a Happy New Year!
See you in 2013, with a bird in the works!