A Chime of Wrens: a New Textile

I had been hearing a particular bird, and have concluded, by its upright tail, longish beak, white eyebrow, and the way it clung to the Japanese maple that it was likely a wren of some kind. It was always alone.

Wrens are usually solitary, but still they have a collective noun: a chime of wrens. Together they may compete for food or share it; they can defend their territory and protect one another. Safety and power in the chime.

I bought this woven Japanese cotton, like an elegant denim, and just wanted to make a little quilt with embroidered birds on it. 

A Chime of Wrens
10.5"w x 18"h (26.5 cm x 46 cm)
Woven cotton; seed beads and onyx beads; bound with hand-dyed cotton made by Velma Bolyard; hand quilted with embroidery and cotton threads

Velma's cloth was just the bright touch it needed for the binding. (Thank you again, Velma!)

A process shot:

Strength in numbers. 

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Maja said…
Alisa - What I love about your quilts is that the cloth seems to mean as much to you as the subject matter. And your designs come from real experiences which you translate into cloth so well. I always look forward to seeing what you come up with next. I volunteer at the Bainbridge Museum of Art in the book gallery, so I am familiar with your books - which I love. So to see you jump into a different medium is fascinating. You do it so well. Keep up the good work!

Alisa said…
Oh Maja, what a wonderful place to volunteer! Thanks for reading!