I'm really not a big fan of Valentine's Day. To me it's more of a marker that spring is coming. A few hyacinth are blooming in my yard and the camellia's look like they are draped in a pretty pink garland of pompom blooms. With that in mind, this lovebird and perch bring hope that spring is near.
Paper wrapped stem wire, 18 gauge
A stick, approximately 10-12" long
Fabric, 1 1/2" X 40", Folded in half width-wise and pressed.
Fabric Scrap, 1 x 5"
Tassel or pompom (I use the loome to make mine)
Misc. bits of feather, felt or fabric to embellish
ASSEMBLE THE PERCH
Take one of the paper wrapped stem wires and wrap around one end of the stick.
With the straight end, cross and wrap with the second stem wire at the top.
Bend the wires to make a nice arch. Wrap the end around the other side of the stick.
Take the long fabric scrap and tie one end of the stick and wire. Be sure to tuck the fabric tail into the fabric as you begin to wrap the wire.
Continue wrapping around the entire length of the wire, smoothing the fabric so that it is evenly distributed as you go.
Tie to the opposite end of the stick and tuck in fabric tail.
EMBELLISH (FEATHER ITS NEST)
Tie a tassel or pompom to the top of the arch. Leave a tail that will be long enough for you to use to hang the perch.
Take the small fabric scrap and tie around one side of the perch. You could also use any type of fabric or trim here to further decorate here. A bit of ball trim, some lace, feathers, perhaps a felt flower? I used whatever I found on the floor of my sewing room. Literally scraps.
HANG THE BIRD
To hang the bird from the perch, cut a 18-20" length of fishing line. Thread a needle with the line and run it through the back and neck of the bird.
Place the bird in the perch and tie the fishing line to the top of the perch and around the yarn to secure.
If you missed yesterday's post, here is a link to the Lovebird pattern and tutorial:
Happy Valentine's Day!