Birds of a Feather Exhibit: Buff Orpington Hen

Felted Buff Orpington Hen by Kim Mahlbacher featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Buff Orpington Hen, Kim Mahlbacher

“This is one of my fun and silly felted chickens inspired by my own fun and silly chickens. Love their fluffy bloomers, chatty personalities and general silliness.

I fed them cranberries “once!” out on the back porch and now they all gather there and tap on the glass door waiting for more. And yes, I give in!”

Kim Mahlbacher, Oregon
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Birds of a Feather Exhibit: Parakeet Wall Hanging and Winging It

Felted Parakeet Wall Hanging by Sandi Kramer featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Princess of Wales Parakeet with Hibiscus Flowers, Sandi Kramer

“The burlap bag that came with my first Living Felt order was my inspiration. I machine felted onto the burlap haphazardly until I saw the image of a bird appearing in the wool.

Everything else came from there. The burlap bag was just ‘speaking’ to me to be a part of my art.”

Sandi Kramer, Arizona

Felted Bird Wall Hanging by Rebecca Hostetter featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Winging It, Rebecca Hostetter

“I was completely blown away when I stumbled upon Moy Mackay’s books on wool painting. This was copied from one of the art pieces she featured in her book as a picture, but was not a project pieces with instructions. So I had to wing it…Oka, I admit it. I couldn’t resist! 🙂

What I am most excited to share is the method I used. I used the artfelt paper. This wonderful invention allows you to create detailed art that stays in place during the felting and requires no hand felting. All my flat felt painting is done using this incredible paper.”

Winging It, Rebecca Hostetter
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Birds of a Feather Exhibit: Hoary Redpoll, Chickadee, Cedar Waxwing, and Emu Chick

Felted Hoary Redpoll Bird by Jen Cookson featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Hoary Redpoll, Jen Cookson

“I first spotted this bird in another regions of BC while out walking on a cold winter’s day after a sad event, and he cheered me up just looking at him. One day, I saw fattest Hoary Redpoll I’d ever seen; he defied gravity! I laughed so hard I decided to make one. I learned they are an Arctic bird that always travels to BC from Greenland.

Making birds has healed my heart and every time I make one I dive in and learn as much as I can about that particular type. It’s a joyful practice!”

Jen Cookson, Canada
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Little Chickadee, Debbie Penley

“This little chickadee was a prototype for a project with my local Audubon Society. I chose the chickadee because it is a fairly recognizable bird, and it is well liked. :)”

Debbie Penley, Pennsylvania

Felted Cedar Waxwing Bird by Karen Englebretson featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Cedar Waxwing, Karen Englebretson

“A few years ago we planted serviceberry trees, Amelancier, to attract more birds to our yard. Summer 2017 was the first year we had abundant fruit and a flock of cedar waxwings took notice.

For a few days they circled our property and dropped into the trees every few hours to feed. I put a chair in the driveway and spent an afternoon studying and photographing them, then felted a number of waxwing ornaments, and even a pair of life size birds. “

Karen Englebretson, Minnesota
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Felted Emu Chick Bird by Tammy Saulnier featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Emu Chick, Tammy Saulnier

“This sculpture has a wire armature and is poseable. He also has pre-made eyes, and polymer clay beak and claws.

I couldn’t help it, I saw an emu chick and had to make it. For me it is like the ugly duckling story just in reverse..lol”

Tammy Saulnier, Canada
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Wool & Yarn for Nesting Birds

Wool and yarn for nesting birds featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

For our 1st Thursday event this month, we made nesting gifts for the birds! You can put out bits of wool, yarn and fabric and the birds will use it in their nest construction.

Wool and yarn for nesting birds featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

We shared ideas and tips for this in our Wooly Wednesday available under VIDEOS in our facebook group.

Wool and yarn for nesting birds featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

*Remember to keep the items easy to pull off, lengths 4″ – 6″ and widths of fabric around 1″. Avoid nylons and polyesters 🙂

Wool for Cozy Birds’ Nests

Wool for Birds' Nests featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Last week we began sharing felted birds and things with wings… but it’s also a great time to start putting out some fiber for the real birds! There are lots of ways to do this, like these little wire cages. These also make great gifts!

Keep the yarns under 6″ long and make sure to include some plain white fluff. Other fibers like twigs and straw are great additions!

We would love to see yours! For more inspiration, you can also see our birds’ nest from last year using fishing net.

Wool for Birds' Nests featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Awesome Wet Felted Bird Pod

Wet Felted Bird Pod by Laura Ebert featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Laura has been taking advantage of our free tutorials on PDF and video…and check out this awesome creation!!

“I took advantage of a rainy Saturday and created my first bird pod. I used Living Felt’s chocolate brown batt for the base and green batt for the leaves. It made a nice strong base that should hold up nicely outside.

I used the skills I learned from watching your wet felted vessel using a resist tutorial. :)”

– Laura Ebert, Illinois