Thursday, September 23, 2010

New Felt - Whooping Crane and Chick

I finished my felted and stitched Whooping Crane and Chick. The felt background consists of hand-dyed merino with a pineapple fiber from Habu Textiles, embedded for texture and to represent the dried grasses in the terrain that Whooping Cranes nest. I also dyed some Tencel fiber using MX Reactive dyes and then needle felted it to the lower edge of the composition to give the illusion of water. The images of the mother bending down to feed her chick, were hand stitched using DMC floss. This will now get mounted and prepared for framing in a shadow box frame. I plan to use this new work as one of my entries for the Massachusetts-Rhode Island juried Surface Design Association member show.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Westport Birding

What a beautiful day to explore the ocean's edge for birds and other wildlife. I took a guided walk through Massachusetts Audubon on their property along Horseneck Beach.These clouds along the horizon were so gorgeous!

 Then I saw these Double Crested Cormorants drying their wings.


As we continued down a dirt pathway, we spotted a large group of Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets and Glossy Ibis. The Ibis are the darker birds to the left of the Egrets.

This part of the pathway provided us with some beautiful views of the marsh land, filled with beautiful colors.

There were butterflies everywhere. I was lucky enough to get a nice shot of a Monarch.

As I walked back to the car, along the beach, 
I spotted this single shorebird - not real sure the actual species.
ETA - I just figured out that this is a Buff Breasted Sandpiper.
Another bird to add to my life list!

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Wave Bracelet

Here is my latest creation to add to my cuff bracelets - "The Wave".. I took a class at Turquoise String Beads in Fall River to learn how. It is made from pearls, triangle beads, seed beads and Swarovski crystals using the brick stitch. There just might be a matching pendant in the future!