Thursday, 10 May 2012

Cornish Sea Birds Series

Today I worked on these oyster catchers as part of my Cornish Sea Bird series constructed of momigami style papers, printed paper, calico, machine and hand stitch.
They are not quite complete but here are the others which have also progressed:

I have enjoyed the combination of machine and hand stitch because I can take them around in a little ice cream tub and work on them as I go.

My husband has had a sudden illness, which was very serious and frightening. He is recovering now but the last three weeks have been very intense and worrying - plus the effort of "continuing as normal" for the children has taken it's toll.
We are now out of the woods and it was time today to also venture into the garden to see what gifts the Spring has brought whilst my back was turned.
I always love these forget-me-nots ... you never know from one year to the next where they will turn up.
I also find the way some plants hold on to water droplets whose surface tension create magnifying balls like little fortune telling globes:
Spring flowers and a quilt can make my heart sing. Wonderful isn't it just how restorative a simple thing can be:


  1. Your Cornish Sea Birds are beautiful! I am so sorry to hear about your husband. What an awful fright for you both and for your family. I'm glad things have improved and the danger is passed. Look after yourself now.

  2. Hi Clare, I love your sea bird pictures, they really are beautiful.
    Wish you'd come and show me how you do them! What fun we'd have. . . .
    So sorry to hear that you've had problems, I know how scary it can be.. keep smelling the flowers! Xx

  3. I love your pictures!
    Sorry to hear about your husband, but glad to hear he's on the mend now

  4. The birds are beautiful! Hope your husband is doing better.
    Love all the photos. Thanks for sharing.

  5. The birds are a great series, I would love to see them all together. Glad your nasty scare is over.

  6. The birds are lovely Clare - especially love the big feet of the two in the first image. Sorry to hear of your husbands illness but good to know you're over the worst. Wishing him a speedy recovery.

  7. I really like these, Clare, especially the combination of textures and stitch. Glad the scare is over; wishing hubs continuing good health.

  8. This bird series is delightful. So very glad to hear your husband weathered his illness - how scary for you and your family. Really puts perspective on what matters. Happy weekend, sus

  9. Your stitched birds are a true delight. I hope your husband continues to recover well, and make sure you look after yourself too

  10. Dear Clare,

    I'm so sorry to hear about the troubled times you had and am now very happy for you that the worst is finally over and that you all can hope for your hubby's soon recovery.

    Your work is astonishing - as always - and I love following your further ideas and stitches.

  11. So glad to hear that things are better. Life can be so scary that way... Forget me nots have always been one of my favorite flowers.

  12. so happy to hear your husband is coming through the thick of things now. many blessings and rays of love and joy for you both!

    your birds are amazing! when i first looked i them i thought they were amazing cloth pieces. when i realized they were paper, my jaw dropped and bounced around on the floor for bit! breathtaking!!

  13. Your seabirds are just wonderful. Oyster catchers are my favourite birds, I could waste hours watching them skip along the shoreline

  14. What a brilliant way of showing these birds. Such a clever idea. I especially like the puffin with the background showing through the 'white bits'.

  15. Hi Clare, your birds are really nice, and I am glad to hear that the health scare has passed...

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