Friday, August 26, 2011

gathering feathers...

Jude has been gathering stitched feathers for the Magic Feather Project. I have started collecting actual feathers. Maybe a feather book will develop. There are so many beautiful patterns. I never realized this until recently. My glass jar holds feathers from friends who have shared some with me.

roosters, doves, flickers, pigeons

turkeys, just love that curved rooster feather
My friend Anita gathered some feathers from her yard and shared some with me. Can anyone identify that
 top striped feather?

feathers from Anita
Couldn't capture the beauty of some of the colors with the camera. Click on the images for a closer view.

17 comments:

Gina said...

I have a teensy feather on my bulletin board in my office that I picked up somewhere outside. I was surprised recently when going through a storage cube to find several feathers that I had apparently picked up. I have a few on display but didn't realize I had others tucked away. They do evoke some special emotions.

Jeannie said...

I love your feather collection and the curved rooster feather is exceptional. The striped feather may be from a hawk. I have some sharp-shinned and red tail hawk feathers that have those markings. Wishing you a beautiful weekend.

Ms. ∆×∆p×≥h/4π said...

Pretty pretty, especially against the vibrant background! When I'm in MA. I make it a habit to get at least three good blue-jay feathers (3 seems the necessary number), but I can't turn away the occasional crow quill, though blackbird plumage with it's iridescent highlights is much more interesting.

woman with wings said...

Deanna, I bet they will start coming to you now in all kinds of ways. Beautiful turkey feathers, love the fancy one!

Kristin said...

I would suggest owl for that top one. If it's very soft and quiet when you flap it, it's definitely owl. Their feathers are adapted for silent flight. A hawk's feather is stiffer and will make a noise when flapped.

Notjustnat said...

Have fun collecting real feathers. I love peacock feather, but they are hard to find - have a lovely weekend - hugs Nat

Penny Berens said...

A gorgeous collection Deanna! That top one in the last pic looks like it came off a lion's mane!

Deb G said...

Those are beautiful! A wonderful thing to collect.

liniecat said...

I reckon that was a Flying Tiger Bird! Very rare...naturally lol and deserving of a story cloth all of its own!
Let me have your home addy and I will send you a couple of Treasures :)

Yvonne said...

Lovely feather collection! I have an identically striped feather on my altar and it is from an owl.

deanna7trees said...

well, Kristin and Yvonne. It is kind of stiff and makes a noise when flapped so i'm leaning toward hawk. I googled both and they do look similar. thanks.

Kelly Fletcher said...

Hi Deanna. Funnily enough, Portuguese stem stitch would make a really good, though unusual, embroidered feather... Good luck with your Magic Feather Project stitching. Kelly

montse llamas-artsandcats said...

I've never seen such a variety of feathers before!

Debi From the Pacific Northwest said...

I'm so jealous! When we moved from Wyoming to Seattle I had a small box of special treasures go missing. I had a small feather collection in it. One I had beaded around the shaft with teeny tiny size 17 seed beads. There's no way I could do that again. I also had some fossils and special agates in the box too. Luckily my great-grandfathers marble collection was packed somewhere else... as well, my great-grandmothers fabric scrapes. Lots of ideas for stitches magic feathers there!

;-) Debi

Nancy said...

Such beautiful feathers! I too have many floating about my house :)
If you send me your snail mail address...I'll send ya a couple :)

deanna7trees said...

Nancy-would love to have some feathers from you but i don't have your e-mail address to send you my snail mail address. my e-mail is on my blog profile so if you would e-mail me that will work.

realm of inspiration said...

all so very lovely!
such sweetness displayed........

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