Friday, February 18, 2011

Tea Bird

Hoop Up for quiltnookgal / Cara

Here's a small embroidered piece that I recently completed for Cara as part of the Hoop Up! embroidery swap. Cara requested images that combine two of her favorite things: tea, and birds. Her intent is to frame all of the pieces she receives in wooden hoops and hang them in her quilting nook.

The image was adapted from a greeting card image that I came across in a Google Image search. Unfortunately, I still haven't been able to find an original source or the name of the artist. I would love to give proper credit, so if you have any information on this please let me know!

ETA: Thanks for the tip, Gabrielle! This illustration is by Kate Wilson of Oodles of Doodles, a London-based illustrator.

(Also, sorry, but I can't help it. "Put a bird on it!" There, glad I got that out of my system.)

I didn't embroider the caption that was included underneath the image, but it's really cute. It says:
Sylvia hadn't quite understood the concept of the tea bag ... Where would her lipstick go?

Hope Cara likes it! I have two more pieces to embroider to close out this round of the swap.

17 comments:

  1. Man of many talents! How did you do hand work while being in recovery? Adorable bird.

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  2. Cara will love it! Jenny is right.... you are a man of many talents!

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  3. It's beautiful! I love birds too, but then, coffee is my thing. thanks for sharing it, John!

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  4. I love it! I've meaning to get into embroidery. Quilting seems to be a "gateway" craft. It got me into knitting and crocheting. I think embroidery is next! You have such an inspirational site.... love it!!

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  5. Totally priceless! She's so lucky, it's a great piece-nicely done!

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  6. Too cute! Where/how did you get the UNC button - link? I'd love to have one!

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  7. Could this be the work of Kate of Little Doodles? I have been a fan of her work for a long time. She is out of the UK and is always sketching little birdies playing with high fashion. http://little-doodles.blogspot.com/

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  8. It is Kate, just found a link to the original tea-bird: http://little-doodles.blogspot.com/2008/03/time-for-tea.html

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  9. Put a bird on it! I find myself saying that every time I see a bird on anything...lol.

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  10. Love the image caption - those are my fav kinds of greeting cards. Your embroidered version is so sweet!

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  11. Of course, Put a bird on it! Gotta, every time!

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  12. Love it - very sweet! The quote is hilarious.

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  13. Put a bird on it! Ha ha. I laughed out loud. I've been watching Portlandia on Hulu.... (I just went and checked your link to make sure that's what you were talking about and it's exactly what I thought!)
    btw, I'm a fellow UNC grad - '91. Congrats to your wife regarding her PhD program. I'm envious that you get to go back to the Hill. I'm new to your blog and I was curious if you do your own quilting or do you send it out? If so, who do you use? Thanks. Looking forward to checking your blog out more thoroughly when I have some time.

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  14. Nice tea bird. Got a great laugh from "Put a Bird on it" Thanks.

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