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Here is a basic "time lapse" of my process for constucting a textile collage.

Goldfinch process 1

Select fabrics, cut randomly, and lay in a background 

Goldfinch process 2

 The main color blocks of the bird are fused onto parchment. Previewing the placement of bird onto background.

Goldfinch process 3

 Overlay of tracing paper to sketch in the tree.

Goldfinch process 4

 I've committed to the background and fused it down. Previewing the tree placement.

Goldfinch process 5

I pulled away some of the green at the center so it won't show through the bird later. 

Goldfinch process 6

 Quilt the background layer.

Goldfinch process 7

More quilting, with rusty/orange thread.

Goldfinch process 8

 Lay in the tree again.

Goldfinch process 9

 Check the tree placement with the bird.

Goldfinch process 10

 Fuse and quilt the tree.

Goldfinch process 11

 Tree needs foliage. Looked out the window at the autumn colors for inspiration.

Goldfinch process 12

 Goldfinch is ready to perch and stitching is started.

Goldfinch process 13

Another branch is needed in the upper right. Can you see the difference? 

Goldfinch process 14

 Continue stitching on bird including a little sparkle in his eye.

Goldfinch process 15

Satin stitch edging to finish. Click on final picture to enlarge and see details.

And that is how I build a bird!

Until next time --
MCH

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