Friday, 11 November 2011

Threading Needles Again


You might remember that on a summers day quite some time ago
this small piece of fabric came out of the rust pot.


and around the same time this little chap clung to
the side of the house as I sat and stitched.
So to me they have always belonged together.


Yesterday I finally drew him onto that piece of linen


and with threaded needle tried to bring him to life.
Feels good to hold needle and thread again.

I'm reading a book about the first world war
and so today I will be thinking of all those heroes, including my grandfather,
who fought in those awful trenches at the battle of the Somme.

21 comments:

  1. beautiful feathers on both birds.
    it's good to know that people everywhere are remembering toay.

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  2. sorry, that should have been today (with a d).

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  3. He's a delightful little fellow.
    And yes, we have much to remember and be thankful for.

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  4. Beautiful... My mother always tells me about her two uncles, sweet and sensitive men who went away to the WWI and came back broken - "shell shocked" as they said in those days. Shaking and broken. I remember one year when I was quite young, that uncle Herbie gave me the most magical music box for my birthday.
    It was a large birdcage - about 8" in diameter - with a small bird on a swing in the center. Hidden in the green base was a music box that played La Vien Rose. I loved it and I could feel his sweetness. So sad that he was so broken. I haven't remembered him or that gift in a very long time. Thanks - the little bird cloth and Veterans Day brought it back.

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  5. What a great way to remember that summerday, putting the cloth and this little chap together !!!

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  6. I love the way you just drew that little bird in and started bringing him to life. No pattern , no nothing. You are so very talented. Thank you for reminding me that we all have our Veterans Days......hugs! deb

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  7. I am remembering my veterans today, too. thanks for the reminder

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  8. Gorgeous, Penny ! I always think of birds as symbols for freedom. Let us all remember to be grateful for our and to remember those who fought and died for it for us all.

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  9. incredibly fine. you have provided this little fellow will a home for as long as he will want to stay...in harmony

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  10. your world is filled with inspiration

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  11. You're pretty incredible...you know that?!?

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  12. A wonderful memory of a little bird and a summer day.

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  13. Small things, watching us. Probably happens more than we know, don't you think? You are stitching this little chap proud!

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  14. What an artist - this bird is just wonderful. I love seeing it come to life upon the cloth.

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  15. how beautiful, this particular bird on this particular cloth.

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  16. I love it when two things magically come together, like they had always been desitined to do so. The bird is adorable, the cloth divine, and your stitching of one on the other is just breathtaking!

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  17. Hi, Penny. Lovely stitching--you're right, they belong together, bird and cloth. You always make me want to pick up needle and thread (which I was going to do anyway!). So glad I stopped by to see your latest work.
    best, nadia

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  18. Memories are so important are they not.

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