I was recently in the bird swap, and it was an ideal opportunity to make something inspired by Kantha stitching.
Kantha, is a very easy form of sewing, and is essentially rows and rows of little running stitches. By putting them in different directions you can create a lot of texture.
You tend to use kantha with a "sandwich" of fabric, your top layer, a thick wedge layer and then your backing. This density means your stitches also pull the fabic in, and - in the case of these little tiny art pieces - kantha-ring around the bird has meant that the bird "pads" out.
You can see the Kantha stitching better in this picture. Yummy textures all created with the simple running stitch
These two pieces were a king fisher and a sissor-tailed flycatcher. I have a dear friend who does metal stamping and I had her stamp some little tags with the words "King" and "fisher", and I found an old necklace in a thrift store with a fish on it that was just perfect for one. Then the words "sissor" and "tailed" for the flycatcher.
I hung them from one of my handmade beads - which are all made from scraps, scrap fabrics and scrap beads re-purposed from unwanted jewellery.
The whole thing was then bordered with some long recycled sari ribbon which I have donated to me from my lovely friend in India who runs a womens refuge. There, they take old saris and turn them into yarn and long ribbons. I get all the off cuts that even they cant use
I really enjoyed doing these pieces, and will most certainly be making some more. Kantha works wonders on small spaces