Those of those that know me personally know that I'm obsessed with fiber, and I'm obsessed with all things miniature. Miniature food, miniature crafts, you name it.
My latest love has been the creation of tiny needlefelted birds, and I've been working feverishly on launching The LittleBirds Project for a few months. I'm so happy to say we're finally there!
The LittleBirds Project (we donate 10% of every LittleBird purchased to The National Audubon Society)
Follow us on Twitter: @The_LittleBirds (we tweet about project events / milestones AND bird-related news, issues, etc.)
We were also accepted to Pittsburgh's First Mini Maker Faire, hosted at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh on 10/23 - what a great day! Pics of them in action just outside the Make Shop here, here and here.
For a little backstory... this project began life as a bit of a prank. Several months ago, my husband had a *most resplendent* beard. Sort of biker-esque. I had been needlefelting for a little while, and I decided to make a tiny bird for his beard. You know, a "beard bird"...
Well, it turned out so gosh-darn cute that I decided to make more. And more, and more. I started modeling them after actual North American Birds, using my National Audubon Society North American Birdfeeder Guide.
Once I had a whole flock, I needed someplace to put them! Wanting them to "fly free", I built a potted shrub for them of willow branches and moss.
Not wanting the project to just find a place on a random shelf, I submitted them as part of HackPittsburgh's booth submission to Maker Faire Detroit 2011. The LittleBirds Project was accepted and underway! See pix of them in action (and other HackPittsburgh projects) at Maker Faire Detroit here.
Their second outing was solo, at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, for Mini Maker Faire, as mentioned above. Look for us at future Maker Faire events!
I'll post up soon how I create these little guys, and keep track of the HackPittsburgh calendar if you're in the surrounding area, as I occasionally teach needlefelting classes there.