Well, what a dear little chap! Let me tell you how I came by this delightful pattern…
A dear friend of mine took the challenge and decided to make LOLLA BEAR for her daughter. She was telling me about this marvellous talented crochet designer HEIDI BEAR, who I had not come across before. I was totally overcome by the designs, they are absolutely wonderful! The method of crochet is based on AFRICAN crochet shapes.
Oh, please have a look at HIEDI’S website to see all her creations, and her lovely story… You can buy and down load HEIDI’S pattern for a very reasonable cost, the patterns are sooOOooo detailed and beautifully photographed so looking at them will makes you really want to make one of her lovely creatures!
Have a look at Heidi’s blog where you can reach her pattern down loads http://heidibearscreative.blogspot.co.uk/
So, off my friend went to the craft shop to buy her yarn (she bought two lots, one for practice and another for “proper”)
In the mean time I found this lovely magazine with the little birds on the front cover… I bought two copies one for me and another as a little treat for my friend. I thought the BLUEBIRD of HAPPINESS would be a good practice for both of us to make and get our AFRICAN pentagon, hexagon, triangle and square perfected before starting on our animals.
I loved the colour combination of red and blue with a hint of lime green so those are the yarn colours I decided on.
The red and green are ROWAN pure wool 4 ply, and the blue ROWAN wool cotton 4 ply, and they work just fine together… I was a little concerned about using two different yarns, but I went with my gut feel as the colours were more important to me than keeping yarn type the same… I need not have worried!
Then the two squares, and last shapes was the triangle…
And very lastly I made the little three feather tail (which was a little tricky!) Sorry, forgot to take a photo of the tail before stitching onto the bird. To curl the feathers a little I wrapped them around a pencil, pinned them and sprayed with a little water and left to dry.
This is the little heap of “tail-ends” that I snipped away while I tidied the finished crochet shapes.
Then I made up the bird according to Heidi’s very comprehensive instructions and photographs in the magazine (very, very detailed I TOTALLY RECOMMEND you buy a copy!) adding the tail feather, beak and eyes…
I am thrilled to bits with the results… what do you think?
Be happy, crochet one of HEIDI’S creations.
Best wished, Jay x
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My little extra snippet for you… fact by Soo “The name WENDY was made up for the original book PETER PAN, there was never a recorded Wendy before”