Sunday, June 29, 2008

A bird in a gocco cage or one thing leads to another....

The craft at work challenge, in which Annie and I embroider a wee square each week over two lunchtimes has been going great. Annie is a very patient teacher and doesn't seem to mind that she has to teach me the same thing again and again (like french knots).
This little guy has been inhabiting my brain for weeks.....


resulting in this


This is my first attempt at Goccoing fabric with two colours. I did the red bird blob first


After the red blob dried I printed the cage part over the top - It was really easy once I had figured out the lining up bit!

Then Hey presto a bit of embroidery (yes a French knotted eyeball - please be impressed).


Then I sewed them up and added a little base. The base is hard plastic like templastic covered in fabric and hand sewn to the bottom.

I actually made these as accessories for the dollies and monkeys but I like them so much I imagine a whole tree of them dangling about.

So far I have made 7 and have only 3 left. Annie got one, Mum visited and pocketed one, Jem took one for a friend and I appear to have lost one somewhere in the sewing room


(never to be seen again).

76 comments:

  1. These are amazing! I love them all - even the ones that got lost in the sewing room!

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  2. Wow, they look really great.

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  3. I love those bird cages!! beautiful!

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  4. ohhhh wow I love those birdcages...welldone!!

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  5. I love them. so cute. what a great idea.

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  6. Oh my! They are gorgeous! A tree filled with them would look great!

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  7. Just dahling darling. Sorry, I just get fed up of saying how cute things are. These little birdies are definitely dahling!

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  8. Jodie the birdies are sooooooooo cute... and I am sure the 'lost' one will turn up when you are least expected (prolly when you are looking for a whoosybob or a thingamajig)
    Aren't you glad I told you about Gocco??? its been a year since I got mine and I have used it ONCE..

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  9. These are wonderful! I never would have (ok, never say never) would have gone into a 3-D world with them like that . . .

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  10. Oh my god, they are BREATHTAKING.

    I just love them.

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  11. Oh Jodie, they are the most delightful little birds! You really have an amazing eye for detail - makes me want to improve my game - which is a good thing!

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  12. Very cute Jodie! I have dreams of painting on fabic or drawing or colouring or something ... maybe one day but first finish everything else (at least some of everything else!)

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  13. They are just lovely! I'm imagining them hanging from a Christmas tree - you know...four calling birds, three french hens, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree.

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  14. They are so gorgeous Jodie. They would be super cute filling a tree.

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  15. They are fabulous - such a simple idea, but the execution is perfect! I love how everything you make turns out just so.

    Lovely. I want one!

    Leah xxx

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  16. Those are adorable! What a wonderful creation :)

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  17. These are wonderful! the embroidery and the gocco's - fantastic. :-)

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  18. I love knowing someone as clever and creative as you!

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  19. sweetly simple birdies!
    lovely :)

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  20. you are an inspiration to us all Jodie! Making the most of every craftable moment!

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  21. Hi Jodie,
    gorgeous birdies! I've been meaning to ask you for ages where you get your hands on a gocco? Thanks,

    Selina xx

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  22. These are the sweetest little birds, lovely to brighten a winter's day like we are having today!

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  23. So sweet. Hilarious that you lost one in the sewing room though. I'm assuming all your visitors have been thoroughly searched before leaving the premises, just in case?

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  24. I love them Jodie! So cute x

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  25. I am very impressed they are very cute.

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  26. You're so clever! They're gorgeous!!

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  27. Just the dearest little birdies ever. A tree full would be enchanting. If you start now you'll have dozens by Christmas.
    Would be lovely as a Christmas tag, dated of course to hang as a memory.

    Must learn more about goccoing.

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  28. Jodie,
    I can imagine smaller ones on a christmas tree...........they are fantastic and you are very clever
    Sharon

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  29. Wow Jodie, these birdies are just fantastic! The whole gocco thing is a complete mystery to me, but if you can manufacture something this drop-dead sweet, I think I'd better google gocco!

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  30. omg they look so adorable!! what a great idea!

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  31. oh I want one, in fact who am I kidding? I want them all! You did make them for me didn't you?
    These are great, make more and put them in your shop (please). I especially love the embroidered one.

    Monda
    x

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  32. These are so cute. Please put some in your etsy shop!

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  33. Your little bird cages are gorgeous!! I think you should put them on etsy so we can all have one!
    If you find the lost one it will probably have a whole load of Lucy Locket's dolly arms and legs with it - she loses one every time she makes a doll (and then phones me to ask where I put it!!) :)

    xxxx

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  34. I just love your little caged bird!

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  35. These are unreal. Does your creativity know no bounds? Very inspiring!!!

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  36. yes yes yes...am VERY impressed. these are gorgeous!

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  37. Now that's my type of bird. Very easy to look after. They are just gorgeous.

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  38. Jodie these are absolutely fantastic, I love those little birds

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  39. I love them, such a creative idea hanging them!

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  40. Too cute Jodie...hope the lost one flies back!

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  41. So cute. I checked your etsy shop - not a one in site. Darling darling bird cages. Such a good idea. I love it.

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  42. What a gret idea! and soooo cute!! I love them hanging in your tree.

    Your embroidery is coming along very nicely indeed. By the way, what is a french knot.

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  43. ".................and one of the three remaining ones is destined to go in the post to my lovely friend Lucy Locket"


    I'm right aren't I?






    Awwwwwwwwww! Please?








    Pretty please with a cherry on the top?




    Go on! You know you want to!

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  44. Great!!! I love that bird's cages... I want one like this!!!!
    Besos

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  45. These are freakin' great..

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  46. Jodie they are so sweet.
    Alison

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  47. (I love Lucy Locket's comment! Really made me LOL!)

    I just love these guys! I especially love the embroidery but I love the transition from embroidery to gocco plush.
    These guys would look lovely hanging from a tree or even hanging in a bay window. I hope the one in your sewing room turns up! I'm sure it will when you least expect it.

    Looks like you have a heap of interest here - I know I'd love to snap one up if you ever sold these guys!

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  48. oh Jodie these are absolutely adorable! So so SO sweet! I am having a bit of a computer/blogging break at the moment but I just had to pop in to see what you are up to and I am SO glad I did. Love them!!

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  49. oh, my, those are CUTE! is there no end to your creativity, woman?

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  50. Thanks Jodie!! *blushing* I've gone all silly and shy now!

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  51. Holy moly I love these! Then again I'm a sucker for pretty much anything with a bird on it. But these are seriously genius, I can just imagine a big vase with long twigs and these hanging from them in my lounge room *daydreams*

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  52. I LOVE them! What a cool idea. Might have to dust off the old gocco machine this summer :)

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  53. ignore that lucy locket...I know full well one of those birdies is destined to come live at my house, isn't it? (say it is, say it, say it...I'm trying Jedi mind power now.......)

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  54. I just used your one-hour bag tutorial -- SO GOOD! I love how the bag turned out and posted it on my blog. Take a look if you like --

    http://allenfamilyupdate.blogspot.com/2008/06/been-craftin.html

    Thanks for the great tutorial!

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  55. They are absolutely beautiful! And serious congratulations on the French Knot. I cannot make a french knot for the life of me, it just unties itself... just can't get it!

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  56. This is my first time visiting your blog... wow, so many lovely things!
    I love these birdcages!

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  57. Wow! You did such a great job.
    Oh, and I tried to find the red bird blob but couldnt see which one you were talking about. they look great!!!!
    Cheers kyla
    PS-french knots are a b!tch,im sure you will master them soon.

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  58. Very clever!! you must be happy with this new little pet - I hope you get to keep one for yourself!

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  59. More amazing work. I love the cage and well done on the goccoing!

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  60. Holy gocco-moli!! Great work.

    Glad to hear you lose things in the sewing room, too... Today I found the scissors I lost a month ago.

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  61. These are so sweet! You are just full of creative ideas and are so inspiring.

    Hmmm... I hope the missing birdie is only in hiding to be sure that you will keep one for yourself to enjoy. ;o)

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  62. Can I be one of many to say THOSE ARE THE MOST CHARMING THING EVAH!

    Are you selling these? So very very right!

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  63. So very very wonderful... and you are a super uber crafter, so there!

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  64. they are lovely! really beautiful, especially with the red birds... perhaps blue next time? or maybe thats me I'm obsessed with little blue birds since I painted my "button Thief" .. right I'm wittering now.... lovely little bird in a cage.

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  65. I'm impressed. I don't even know what a French knot is...let alone how to do one. Love the little birdies too. These are so fab. As indeed are you for doing them.

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  66. so like the hundreds before me - these are so darn cute!! but I won't bother asking because there are way too many before me!! Must break out my gocco though. Oh for the end of school holidays!!

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  67. So cute! Love your embroidery too. Things are looking up! Computer is working even though a bit sick and baby quilt's back is being broken. : )
    Have a good week you sewing goddess.

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  68. oh my gosh they are the cutest things ever! I've put doing some goccoing on my to do list before the babies arrive but I'll never be that good!

    Corrie:)

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Hellloooooo !!!!