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Figure of Inspiration No. 2 - 6-Plumed Bird of Paradise.

Recently, we invested in a copy of the BBC series Planet Earth. This has led to all kinds of ideas for new animal creations in The Handmade Classroom. One of my favorite segments is the birds of paradise in New Guinea. This little guy is one of the most unique. Though his plumage is subdued in comparison to some of the others, he struts proudly around his love nest, trying his best to impress his lady! I showed this section to my students at school, much to their delight:)

+This one-of-a-kind creation has been lovingly embroidered onto organic cotton muslin fabric with cotton embroidery floss.
+Stretched and secured in a high-quality 4" embroidery hoop
+It felt wrong to cover the back, as these pieces are such immediate and fleeting moments, but if you want me to back your embroidery with wool felt, I would be happy to do so!
+with each Figure of Inspiration comes a tag made of tree-free paper (handmade by my friend Kelsey of Kelsey Pike's Sustainable Papercraft) signed and dated by me:)
+Your embroidery comes wrapped in recycled paper and tied with cotton string...perfect for gift-giving!

++ I'm pleased to introduce a new component to The Handmade Classroom. "Figures of Inspiration" are little ideas, little moments of inspiration I encounter during my everyday routine (which includes all manner of random and odd things). Ever since I was a child, I've been enamored with embroidery...the way the thread feels pulling through taut fabric, the little facets of color that come together to make a completed image...just everything!

I've never been one of the world's great sketchbook-keepers. I'm just too fussy and detail oriented to make quick sketches that are helpful in any way, and I've found that simply some crisp, organic cotton and my floss box keep my mind active and my fingers busy while I sort out ideas in my head. Often these little inspiration sightings lead to more fleshed-out ideas in The Handmade Classroom! I want to share these little moments with you, in the form of charming little embroidery hoops, perfect as a unique gift for a teacher, friend, family member or colleague. They make great conversation pieces hanging in your home or classroom as well!

Inspiration comes in all forms...please share anything you are inspired by, and I would love to make a hoop just for you!

Like this creation? Come on over to my shop! You're sure to find something to make you smile! http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHandmadeClassroom?ref=si_shop

Embroidery Hoop Art - 6-Plumed Bird of Paradise - Figure of Inspiration No. 2. One of A Kind Embroidery Art from The Handmade Classroom.


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  • Materials: organic cotton muslin, cotton threaf, 4 inch embroidery hoop
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