Saturday, September 18, 2010

A New Take On An Old Favourite

Ever since Spool created their free bird mobile pattern, everyone with a needle and a baby has been sewing birdie upon birdie from fabric scraps. 

The original Spool mobile:

I started making a mobile for Tilly last winter using their pattern, and yesterday, it finally hung above her bed. Now, I made a few changes to the design, for a few reasons. Firstly, because I got sick and tired of sewing birds. Yes, it's a simple pattern, but hand-stitching fiddly, fraying, curved-pieces of cotton is not my cup of tea. Give me felt any day. So, sewing four birds is all I could bear. And secondly, because I do not trust my branch-balancing skills enough to put sharp pointy wooden "spears" above Tilly's bed. Forget SIDS, I'd be worried about SIKS (Sudden Infant Kebab Syndrome).

So, my birdies perch comfortably on embroidery hoops, each swinging at his own pace. I don't think anyone has ever had an organ pierced by an embroidery hoop.

Tilly is fascinated by her new birdie friends... perhaps too much so. When she woke me up this morning, it was because she was tired. I have a feeling she'd been up for an hour or so already, just happily staring at her birds!


Jadyn said...

Yes, SIKS would be rather awful, glad you went the circular route. Those birdies are very sweet, no wonder Tilly tires herself out watching them!

Loreal said...

How beautiful! I'd love to see a picture of what Tilly's entire room looks like now.

Campbell Jane said...

Oh how I love these! They are wonderful!

Kathryn said...

This is so cute, and nice adapting with the embroidery hoops! :)

Jenni said...

Those birdies look so tweet! Don't be surprised if Tilly wants to become a trapeze artist when she grows up...they look like a little circus troupe of high-wire performers!