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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Fantails and Frogmouths

I've been goccoing again after a long time of it sitting on the shelf. I've been meaning to try this idea for a while now, and now that I have done it I really like it and need to buy more gocco supplies because I've very quickly run out AGAIN!

If you're new to my blog and don't know what gocco is have a look at my post on the technique.

My idea was to make prints inspired by the colours and patterns in my featherstitch fantail brooches. I've made the print in a number of colour combinations and listed one on etsy. More will be listed soon.
I've also been making lots of new fantail brooches, I try and make at least 6 a week. They are so slow to make and I have so many other things that I should be doing, that when I just sit down to sew I feel I should be doing something else. So they always get pushed to the back of the 'to do' list, which is a shame because I do quite like making them. Here are a few of my favourites at the moment, including an experimental square one. I'm really into the soft yellow these days.

I've changed my Fantail website a bit to make it easier to purchase, there is now a 'buy now' button on each brooch. I've also mentioned that buying my brooches on a friday, saturday or sunday from the website may create difficulties because I take all my available brooches to market with me and I can't update the website until I return home after market (often with a few gin and tonics in me!)

I thought I'd also keep my readers up to date with my Tawny Frogmouth. I was worried last week because he wasn't in his usual tree along the Yarra River, but I walked (even ran some way!) along the river this morning and there he was sitting in his tree accompanied by another Tawny Frogmouth! They were snuggled up together on the branch. I wish I had brought my camera with me, but I only had my ipod and a hanky! I only stopped one person this time to point them out and she was very appreciative and we had a little discussion about other birds we'd seen along the river. I have to keep an eye out for kingfishers apparently.


Kate Moore said...

Oooh, I like it when an idea in the head becomes the real thing. Cute, very cute.

Emmie said...

Hi I've been following your blog for a while now, love the brooches - really cute :-)

meplusmolly said...

just gorgeous! love the brooches and love the gocco print, would love to have a go at this type of printing ;0

Anonymous said...

I saw a Kingfisher diving in little Merri Creek in industrial Brunswick East. If you sit with your back to the power lines it is like sitting next to a rural creek - birds, gum trees, quiet. This is a pretty great city to be in really. Gorgeous brooches also - the stitching is so detailed.

Marissa Buschow said...

OH NO you've made a green brooch? must... have...
I've been proudly wearing the little red brooch you sent me all winter - my friend pointed at it the other day, rolled her eyes, and said, "of COURSE you'd be wearing a bird pin!"

Alex Louisa said...

I really like your gocco print - especially the feet!!

Glad to hear your tawny frogmouth is ok, and that it has company. I'd love to get a photo of the kingfishers that fly over the dam in our front yard sometimes, one's purple and one's blue, but they're always too quick!

I'll just have to settle with my crazy little fairywrens :)