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Tuesday, 10 January 2012

How to Build a Nest.

Here's my Carpal Tunnel Surgery update: 

It never happened.  

I chickened out after being admitted to the hospital!  I went to a massage therapist twice with AMAZING results.  I can type without my hands falling asleep.  So I figured, hey!  Why not attempt to crochet?  I LOVED to crochet but it was the worst on my hands.  I made this a long, long time ago.  Like everything else, I didn't use a pattern.  I just started crocheting and stitching by sight.

An old coaster...

I took a chance and made up another with some green & white.  EASY.  Easy on my hands.  (I'm in shock.)


I like the shell motif in this one.  I figured, what the heck?  Let's make another...

Like snowflakes.

Because I don't have a plan, it ends up that no two are ever alike.  They are so fun to make and they look pretty all over the black coffee table.  I have this gorgeous mixed-thread brown yarn that I found in a bargain bin.  Sometimes with fibre art, those are the BEST.  I started to crochet the earthy brown yarn into a circle again.  As I'm doing this, it's reminding me of a nest.  So before I added the loops around the edge, I stopped and tied off.  I cut several short lengths of the yarn and took them apart.  I wove them in and out of the crocheted piece just as my bird does.  And tada!  Lookie what I made!


I think it's naturally perfect, and I am going to weave it into a branch to secure it.  No eggs, no bird... just the nest as you find it in the bush.  I might add some weathered autumn fibre leaves about to drop.  : )))  Just like farmers make great quilters, so do birds make great weavers!

Isn't that cool!?  It's my first official 'soft sculpture'.  Oh trust me... there will be more!

linking up to The Needle and Thread Network.  : )


elle said...

What a very cool and cozy nest!

MyNorth said...

Very cool.
I'm seeing adding some organza ribbon, maybe some frayed wool strips and turn it into a flower corsage. Ha! Still on the corsage kick!
Glad your hands are okay.

HollyM said...

Wow, those are just so cool. Isn't it funny how you get led into something for one reason and then, that sparks an idea? I totally love the nest. They fascinate me and I take pictures as well as collect the fallen ones all the time.

MarthaVA said...

LOVE the nest! Looks like a hummingbird nest. But so soft looking!
I totally believe in Massage Therapists. I've been helped a lot by one.

Leanne said...

I love your crochet and more that you are doing it with your hands! I think continuing with the massage is a good idea.

Becky said...

Very cute! I love bird nests. One great thing about winter is that you get to see all of the lovely bird nests when the leaves fall. Gosh, someday I want to learn how to crochet....

Christie, Describe Happy said...

Totally unexpected and adorable!! And now I know what a soft sculpture is too. And I am so glad to hear that your hands feel good as you are doing things. I've heard that touch (massage) is a powerful healer. Happy creating!

greelyrita said...

I'm happy to hear that your hands might be fixed without surgery.

Great nest! I'm always in awe of what even the tiniest bird can do, using only a beak. Isn't it magic?

├Žble said...

That is a very cool nest. I have a current obsession with felt so I immediately pictured it with three little felted eggs in it on a branch hanging on a wall.

Maybe this is the year I'll learn how to crochet. I never got beyond the one long chain.

M-R said...

Very cool nest, Monika!

Ellen said...

Your crochet looks great - love the nest!

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