Hannah here: Hello all! It is that time again when we welcome the wonderful Lou from Little Green Shed onto Seeds and Stitches. We are always so excited to see what she has come up with for us, this month more than most, as both Davina and I have both embarked on some serious house renovations! We love this feather mobile! Thank you Lou and over to you:
How is it October already? These months are flying past so quickly. October to me is the month of extremes; on one part it’s harvest time and another part it is also a time of decay. Cottage gardens and allotments are full of produce, chard, beetroot, the last of the tomatoes and of course squashes and pumpkins. The hedgerows are full of berries and nuts ready to be picked and stored or made into delicious warming tipples.
The flip side to all this autumnal abundance is fall. The decay and slow die back of crops and leaves, the smell of damp woodland earth and mushrooms in the air. On our Autumn walks at the moment we are finding many, many stray feathers. I have been told that birds moult at this time of year in preparation for migration; discarding old feathers and growing new plumage to help them fly off to warmer climes.
So for this months column I’ve decided to use these feathers to make an autumnal display with a ghoulish twist - well it’s nearly Halloween!
Painted Feather wall-hanging
feathers (found or bought, you can find packs for sale on ebay)
small paint brushes
Paint your feathers with acrylic paint. I used gold and white to make my design, preferring the contrast between the natural feather colour and the bright white and gold. I love gold paint, can’t get enough at the moment.
Using various styles, I chose a mix of dots (using the tip of the paint brush handle) and lines to make a native American Indian design on each feather
Once dry, thread through the quill using the needle and acrylic jewellery wire
Tie to your branch and hang
I hung my feather mobile above the mantelpiece as part of a seasonal halloween display. A more grown up way to decorate for that ghoulish night. I will have bats and pumpkins in the window I am sure!
Why not get creative with this idea, try using bright colours such as neon pink or red. Or perhaps involve your children in the process, and hang the finished mobile in their bedroom.