The dark blue rayon was a woman's dress from Goodwill and the lighter blue cotton from stash. Using the loom idea from Spirit Cloth's class, I wove the blues on a shoebox-lid loom and set it down near a little vase holding Northern Flicker feathers. One thing led to another, as it usually does . . . why not weave in those feathers? As I basted the strips and wove in the feathers, the flickers were right outside the window at the suet feeder. It was as if they were giving me permission to use their feathers.
cloth with wings
I stepped out the back door to look for a branch or something to hang it with -- found this stalk in the nettle patch. Yes, I have a stinging nettle patch right near the back door. It took literally years of inviting Urtica dioica to grow here, but finally she came! I adore stinging nettle.
This is a small piece, about 8" x 8" -- it may have a different calling than to be a wall hanging . . . some ideas are forming.
I have a practice of picking up whatever feathers are in my path, seeing them as gifts from the birds. Northern Flickers seem to leave their feathers for me on a more regular basis than other birds. It's been going on for a few years now. I find other feathers, too, but these orange beauties are in the majority. For this piece, I turned them underside-out so that the more colorful side shows. I don't think I'll stitch them onto the piece just yet -- sort of hate to stitch a feather down, that just feels weird to do -- but if the cloth is to truly take flight, they must be fastened down . . .