Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Lace Bird Tutorial

Here is a tutorial ( my first) on how to make the lace bird shown in my last post. You'll need scissors, a pencil, a needle and thread, glue, and either white cardstock and a paper doily (left), or white stiffened felt and a piece of white lace (right).



On the back of the felt or cardstock, draw this pattern (leaving space around each shape), or any bird shape, and two wings, and cut out the inside of the shapes.


Now cut about 1/4 inch (or less) around each outline, being careful not to cut into the outline, to create a "frame".
Here's the cut-out frame and one wing, but don't forget to make two wings!Apply a continuous line of tacky or paper glue to all frames, and flip them over onto the lace or doily, capturing your favorite motifs. It's a good idea to put some plastic or parchment paper under the lace to catch excess glue. Let the glue dry and trim carefully around the outer edge of the frames.
Glue the wings to the front and back of the bird, arranging the wings as you'd like them, add a little diamond shape for a beak, and a bead for the eye, and "hang" it in your window with double stick tape or with some thread or fishline. This is the lace bird... ...and this is the paper doily bird, which is lighter and more delicate. ( I used a paper punched circle for the eye on this one.)

If you want to put two or three in one window, you can arrange each bird's wings differently and vary the angle at which each is flying.

If anyone makes a bird following this tutorial, I would love to see the results!


Have fun!

33 comments:

Tea Time and Roses said...

Hello Judy!

Thanks so much for the tutorial, the lace birds are beautiful! The one in your previous post is also very pretty! I will have to try this and hope mine comes out as lovely as yours.

Smiles...

Beverly

Denise Felton said...

These birds are so gorgeous, Judy! I just put a link to this post on my blog. I hope it brings you a few extra clicks.

Denise
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Judy Streger said...

This is just about the most clever idea I've seen in ages. I can't wait to give this a try.

Judy Hartman said...

Thanks so much for your comments, Beverly, Denise and Judy! I wasn't sure whether my instructions were clear! So glad you like the birdies!

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Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial...I was secretly wishing you would. :-)I can't wait to try this.
Thank you for your kind comment on my post. One thing that I love about blogging is meeting women at different stages of their lives and gaining a perspective of continuity throughout our lives.
Thank you again!

quiltcat said...

Thanks for the great tutorial, Judy! i'm eager to try it!

Simone said...

A wonderful tutorial Judy. I must make some time to try it! I like the fact that you made a fabric and a paper one too.

Ashley@AshleysBusy said...

These little birdies are darling, i especially love the paper one. Yep, I need to try this!

Jess said...

These little birdies are adorable! I can just picture them at a wedding. So lovely!

Rose Anne B said...

Thank you so much Judy for this awesome tutorial. I just can't wait to try it for my CQing blocks and even some fabric postcards. Thank you.

Sharon said...

Judy thank you for the wonderful tutorial...I will be trying these beautiful birds...

sewinggranny said...

Thank you Judy this is Awesome I can see using this on my cards and on my quilting . Thank you so much for sharing.
Beckie

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Thank you so much Judy for this awesome tutorial. I just can't wait to try it for my CQing blocks and even some fabric postcards. Thank you

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Noga said...

Great tutorial!!! Thank you!!!

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