Since I've been crumpling and folding cloth to dye, I began wondering how an origami bird might look when dyed. I did three samples of a "garden bird" as described in a children's origami book, then unfolded them. The colors were a bit pale; my dye was leftover. I set those pieces aside and tried a different approach. This time, after folding my garden bird, I used Decolourant (formerly known as discharge paste). I liked the variegated tan color on the black, but when unfolded, the pieces didn't look like birds anymore. So I created a stencil to resemble the folded birds, and incorporated the unfolded pieces as well as a decorative stenciled pattern.
24.5"w x 35.5"h (62 cm x 90 cm)
Hand-stenciled cotton, woven cotton, sashiko thread, embroidery thread; hand and machine quilted
California Towhee, perhaps?