Sunday, 22 May 2011

ARE YOU LOOKING AT MY TITS?
So how do you like my tits?
I can show you a Blue Tit
and a Long Tailed Tit.
(This really is for me the joke that just keeps on giving.
And quite frankly if a joke is worth telling, its worth telling a bit too often)

I can also show you a Nuthatch

a Wren

and a Little Gull

Why Nora? Why? I hear you cry
Well I've been teaching a class in felted birds for a a while now and love making them, but was beginning to feel the need for something more challenging to do.
On our recent adventure in Brittany I was comparing notes with the junior siblings about behaviour on family walks.
You see we were NEVER allowed to go charging through the undergrowth whacking things with sticks and whooping at the top of our voices.
Because you might DISTURB THE BIRDS.
Of course we always did all of the above, but learnt very early on to always be at least 20 yards ahead of the old male parental and be ready to sprit at a moments notice.
Dad claims he is not a twitcher,
he says twitchers are way worse than anything he does.
But I say a man who can't hear the oven timer when its going off right next to him and confuses all 4 of his children constantly (despite the 30 and 26 year age gaps) but can hear the call of a Skylark half a mile away and can tell you that the smudge in the sky is not in fact a house martin but a sand martin,
the man who can identify a bird over the phone from a very sketchy and ill informed description from yours truly is a twitcher.
I asked him to identify a bird in one of his (many) bird books that he thought would look good made up in fabric.
He came up with this baby.
The Little Gull.

The body is smaller that other gulls and slightly rounder, so would look nice and plump when made up. It also has quite clear and uncluttered markings.
It was great having an expert around when I was working out the prototypes.
And so Stitch and Twitch was born!
I am probably going to be putting all of these in my shop
when I can bear to part with them,
but I am also working on instructions and patterns so I can start selling them as kits.

I would so love to claim the joke at the start of this post as mine own, but sadly I'm good but not that good!
The credit has to go to my friend, ex studio partner and costume maker to the stars Dominic.
So I feel the need to say Thanks Dom your humour has always really hit the spot, and a really really big thanks to my dear old Dad for being such a boring old fart and inflicting all that avian knowledge upon our unsuspecting childish ears.

On another note the festival season is almost upon us and to celebrate this fact the festival bunting is back in my shops. You can find it here and here.


I am also one of Beth of Do what you love's shared stories this week.
Check it out over here.
Have a happy week and enjoy the sunshine.
Love Nora xxx

18 comments:

  1. Ooooh I love your tits- just peachy! There was a great tit on my washing line this morning- cheered me up on this grey monday morning x

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  2. your tits are great!
    Cristina

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  3. My favourite is the wren. I know next to nothing about birds but it really does look like a wren. Love it.

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  4. Love your tits. The gull is cute - small and round is good ... just like me!

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  5. Just have to comment - what a great pair of tits! (Never thought I'd write that - oh the anonymity (sort of) of the internet...)But seriously, the birds are all so sweet and the bunting looks fab flapping against the blue sky.

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  6. I too think your tits are so good. I adore anything to do with birds..love their shapes and little stick like legs...you are onto a winner here girl.
    Good luck with selling the patterns etc., I think it's a great idea.
    I hope you have your spam settings correctly in place! Whoa!

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  7. LOVE you tits, what more can I say?

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  8. Edie says your tits are also very good for snuggling!! XXX

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  9. Hi

    I read about you on Beth's DWYL website and really enjoyed your story, so I "flew" over to your blog and nearly fell of my perch at your humour and wonderful tits (can't believe I just wrote that!). I am now following your blog and I am really looking forward to your patterns coming out. Off on a mission tomorrow to acquire some knitwear and see if I can make my own felted wool!

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  10. ha! I nearly never read on...came over all flustered up here in Lancashire!! but I have to say....your tits are amazing!!

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  11. I too am a big fan of your tits, and all the little birdies! How amazing are they? VERY! I think these would make great kits, then we could all have gorgeous tits like yours. It really is the joke that keeps on giving.
    Oh and your bunting puts the festive in festival.
    xo

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  12. I swear that my word verification was "finch"!

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  13. Tee hee, I hummed the Benny Hill theme tune all through that post... Nice tits, tee hee!

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  14. Great tits, but the wren is really, really cute!!

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  15. Oh Nora, you get out your tits any time you like, we all love them!!
    But please please please put some legs and little flipper feet on your gull. The thing I love best about the ones we have in Australia are their bright red legs and beak. I can't remember the colour of the British type, which of course blows my twitcher status right out of the water.
    : D x Alisa

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  16. Whaaaa haaa - that is me laughing out loud. Love your tits! (can't believe I just wrote that!)

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  17. Found you on Lola Nova, so glad I did such a fun and creative blog you have. Thrilled to find someone with proper tits humour and yours are fabulous by the way. In our local museum there are buttons to press to find out what the stuffed birds are - we always race to press the one where the man says in a really posh sensible voice Bearded Tit, Bearded Tit - then we all fall over hooting. Off for another browse now.

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  18. Love this post and love your birds too (sorry, just can't even make myself say the "T" word!) Gorgeous work :) Kx

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