I like pigeons a lot. We sometimes hand feed the ones near the RSPB reserve here in Weymouth. Look at those feathers. That sheen. Could I make one?
So I gathered together an old (clean) sock, toy filling, string and wool, duct tape and pipe cleaners, and cobbled together this maquette. It’s a bit of a mess. But my daughter Mary adopted it after I’d finished using it to make patterns.
Made my first pigeon using felted woollens cut without a seam allowance and oversewed with wool thread. Wings are added after the body is complete. The legs are wire covered in small pink woollen pieces and over stitched. I used beads from my stash for the eyes.
Pigeon number 2 is made using dyed wool cloth, and embroidered thread to hint at those shimmers of magenta and green.
I feel like their shape is better than the maquette form, and also surprisingly slightly larger. I was really pleased with them.
This lead to a commission, to make Angus. A bit of a character by all accounts …
The wing markings were created using small fabric shapes and needle felting them. Needle Felting is like magic.
And just so you know, here is the real Angus.