For the birds

I said I was going to leave the ‘antler redo ‘ for now…but I just couldn’t. They bugged me too much.

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I went on a google search. This is a kudu…and I looked at hundreds of pictures. I finally found a black and white drawing of one. By copying the shading somewhat..I was able to get a result I was happier with.

(Just an aside….one site…kudu trophies….was entirely of hunters posing with their ‘kudu kill’…it really upset me…and I left it in a hurry)

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I really like the bottom antler….the top one not so much. It may need more tweeking.

Just the birds to do now.

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Once again I used the pale green shading. My favourite part of this bird is his beak. The top of it is a bit of brown plaid left over from my summer swap piece.

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This fat little fellow gave me more trouble than all the others. His original head seemed to small for his small, but powerful body…so I redid it.  I think I will move his eye (again). I think I did about four different beaks, and finally settled on this one.

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I kept looking at the placement of this bird, and finally decided that he had to move. It was a fairly simple process to pin that portion of the pattern in the new location and re-trace it….this time in red so I wouldn’t get mixed up.

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This is the only all-black critter…and he’s actually a very dark navy cashmere. The ‘bumps’ at the top of the ‘crown’ I did with embroidery floss french knots. Filling in between them will be tricky.

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The tail of this elegant fellow is black watch, and the beak once again bits from my summer swatch.

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There……All the animals are done. That was so much fun….and very rewarding to do….each one felt like a little project in itself.

I’ve been dyeing up a storm…trying to get the right colours for the background. That always seems to be an issue I struggle with…what looks good as a colour palette takes on a whole new aspect when it’s hooked….but I’m anxious to jump in and give it a try…..thank goodness ripping out loops is so easy!

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