While we were travelling around the South Island over Summer I quietly hand quilted these two New Zealand birds in-between working on my New Zealand Botanical stitcheries. The green Kereru, also called the Wood Pigeon, and the Tui, known as the Parson Bird because of the white feathers at the throat, are both beautiful native birds. The pattern is from Katy Buck Designs - New Zealand Birds.
Kereru and Tui
The green kereru is a large bird with iridescent green and bronze feathers on its head and a white vest. The noisy beat of its wings is a distinctive sound in our forests as they fly about looking for berries to eat. And the tui are medium-sized bird equally at home in the forest and suburbs, and feed on the nectar from the kowhai blossoms, when they are in season. They look black from a distance, but in bright sunlight their feathers have a blue, green and bronze iridescent sheen, and distinctive white throat tufts.
Once we returned home from our trip it was just a matter of finishing the binding, and stitching the hanging sleeves on. I made them to hang in our caravan so the birds join us on our trips away, they usually need an adjustment to straighten them up when we arrive at our destination.
Hanging in the caravan