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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

~ Waiting for the Robins ~

Good Morning Friends & Folk ~
a sunny & windy day on tap for us here at the farm ~
it feels more like March to me than mid-January!

Growing up in CT,
the Winter months were long and cold ~
we waited patiently {or not-so} for any signs of Spring we could find...
the one we always welcomed was the first Robin sighting!

My Mother, Sisters & I would each watch out our windows
and whoever saw one first, would call the others to announce that our favorite little birds were back
from their vacation in the Southern states.

Now, living in VA ~
some of our Robins are here year-round.
but,
as Spring approaches and the ground softens from rain
we will again happily welcome flocks of fat little red-breasted Robins
and watch them hungrily pecking the dirt for juicy worms...

Robins,
{{well any birds for that matter}}
have always played a big part in my folk art & needlework designs.
I think I can count on my PA German roots for that,
 as birds have been a sign of luck for centuries and have been/are still
 used frequently in their culture.

Here are a few Robins that I have designed in the past:

Folk Bird Needlecase ~ previous LSHC kit/model

Needle Bird Punch Needle Pincushion ~ www.notforgottenfarm.etsy.com



Early Bird Hooked Stool Cover ~ www.notforgottenfarm.etsy.com

Most recently,
I designed the project below ~ 
it is in the current, inaugural issue of
Wool Works Magazine...
I combined my love of punch needle & rug hooking for this design ~

www.Woolworksmagazine.com

Spring Messenger is available for you to hook too,

www.Spruceridgestudios.com

but by far,
my favorite little Robin that I brought to life
is this one...
made from scraps of cloth & wool
pieces of twisted wire and thread ~
and found twigs...




she lives with me here in my sewing room 
and is a constant muse for all of my other feathered creations...
{she is not available}
and I am hoping to make time to create a whole flock of these and offer them to you....




in the meantime,
I'll keep watching out the wavy-glass windows of this Old Farmhouse
~ for the return of this fair weather harbinger....

Wishing you all a day filled with goodness and peace.

Blessings from the Farm ~
 Lori

10 comments:

Nancy D. said...

Hi, Lori! I remember most of these in your past posts…All are darling and wonderful signs of Spring. Hope your day is a beautiful one! Looking forward to Spring, but taking in the moment...

Karen said...

She is beautiful!

The Eveningstitcher said...

Love the robin designs! I wish we had some sun here in Michigan...gloomy and icky here! I'm heading over to your Etsy....I love the little bird pincushion...it's adorable. Have a wonderful day!!

Saundra said...

Wow, what a magnificently beautiful sewn robin and wonderful beak. Robins have arrived here already. It is such fun to watch them walk, stop and twist their heads as they listen or feel the worm below. Then peck in the ground and usually always pull up a worm. Wonderful hunters they are.

marly said...

Love them all, my favorite is the needlecase.

Linda said...

Love all your robins Since my girls were small we held a robin contest First one to spot one got to have their favorite meal fixed Then we added son in laws and had to add rules Grands also look out for Robins now too What was a teaching of nature turned in to a fun thing for 2 generations Thanks for sharing youre Robins

linda m

Primitives By The Light of The Moon said...

Beautiful creations. We have lots of robins here, too! Love seeing them as they build their nests and perch on our trees and fences. Have a wonderful week. Ginger

LaNelle said...

Here in MN you know it is Spring when you see a Robin! love them and your designs going to re-stitch the first one again❤️ Certainly love your last creation just fabulous...blessings

susan hemann said...

such a sweet stuffed robin! I adore him!!

Three Sheep Studio said...

All so lovely! The hooked stool is calling my name.
Rose

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