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Okay, my crankiness seems to have passed (even though there’s like 4 inches of snow out there on the first day that I actually feel well enough to go running. Grr …). Going to “Crafty Christmas” yesterday (a little event organized by my friend Tricia, who is the most amazing cook/baker), and seeing all the lovely creations that people made, definitely lifted my spirits. My contribution was this Charley Harper-inspired bird collage.
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  I knew that, like me, my secret Santa recipient was a big Harper fan, so I thought she might appreciate this re-imagining of the Harper print that graces the cover of the ABC book. It’s a combination of embroidery and machine-appliqué on muslin, and then I stretched the muslin across a 12” by 12” canvas and used a staple gun to secure. It’s my first attempt at doing a collage stretched across canvas like this, so I’m pretty happy with it.

One thing I still need to improve upon is the backside of my embroidery. I never pay much attention to how messy it gets because I figure that no one will ever see it. However, because I used a pretty thin muslin, and because the muslin is stretched so snugly across the canvas, the backside does show through! So all of my knots and jumble of stops and starts are sort of visible. My husband was sweet and said it just looks like shadows on the snow, so I’m going with that!


I bought a pack of two canvases at Michael’s, so I still have one left. I’m anxious to try my hand at this project again using a different Harper print for inspiration.

Jodi
12/13/2010 01:38:39 am

This is gorgeous. I'm really hoping you're my secret Santa!

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9/19/2013 05:09:50 am

I liked your contribution with this Charley Harper-inspired bird collage. It is very inspiring! Thank you a lot for sharing it with us.

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Judi
12/13/2010 03:47:16 am

Oh, sorry, Jodi. This was for a different secret Santa! And I'm pretty lame. I didn't even make the gift for our exchange (I ordered from Etsy instead).

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4/4/2016 11:38:24 pm

I don't think that you need to improve upon the backside of your embroidery; it now looks amazingly! You are a very creative person; I hope that you will be keeping up the good work regardless of different complicated situations!

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7/7/2016 07:03:27 am

I think to make a collage is a great idea for a hand-made gift. It will make darling person’s day to think that that small masterpiece was created especially for him (her).

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8/24/2016 05:18:26 am

The ABC book is very important for a child, especialli if it's his first one.

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