A Quick Request for Chickadee Eggs
As you may have read earlier, I had made Chickadees for all my brothers-in-law and my Mother-in-law. https://feltingandfiberstudio.com/2021/09/06/an-army-of-chickadees/ Brother in law #4 brought his chickadee home and hid it in his house and waited to see if his wife would find it. She liked the chickadee but was not so amused that she had to go find it.
While I was in southern Ontario, I was helping my sister in law who is married to brother-in-law number four. She mentioned it would be so cool to have a nest and eggs to go with the Chickadee. I can’t do much about a nest at the moment but I may be able to do something about the second request.
My Mother-in-law’s chickadee was still hanging around the living room. He/she had left the almost empty bowl of nuts and was keeping an eye on the other bowl with different nuts from the coaster holder. Excellent, I can try to get the scale correct.
1 Mary’s Living room Chickadee keeps an eye on the nuts
So off to the internet to do some research but being quite busy with assisting with elder-care, I did not have the leisure of a thorough search of the topic. I did find that the eggs of a Carolina chickadee had been photographed but I had trouble finding images that were definitely labelled as the northern chickadee’s. Well, my sister-in-law (and the chickadee) lives in Virginia so the local eggs would be of a Carolina Chickadee to be correct. (It might confuse the Northern Chickadee but it is unlikely she would find only a Carolina chickadee to date anyways.) Ok, it looks like the eggs are small and mostly white with brownish spots. I can do that.
I had brought the dragon I was working on and a few bags with different colours of wool. So I dug around until I found some white. I think it’s some of the Corriedale roving. I also had a tiny bit of white alpaca and some reddish-brown that was courser than the Corriedale. I am not sure where I picked it up or what it was but it may be perfect for this.
I created the egg shape from the white Corriedale, then made 2 more since One egg would get lonely. (so that is three in total.)
I blended the alpaca and coarse reddish-brown to give a mottled variegated tone. I then broke the fibres into short pieces under ½ inch long. I selected a thin wispy amount and draped it over the egg shape in a band towards the fatter end of the egg.
I tacked down the fibre in spots, trying both the 36 and 40 triangular needles. Where poked, the colour darkened significantly and in between the pokes showed a much lighter and less distinct brown.
At this point, I considered using the sharp embroidery scissors. This would trim the fibres so that only the attached fibres/spots would stay making more distinctive dots. The problem with this would be that I would lose the lighter in-between shade and I would have to be sure that each spot was well embedded before trimming.
Plan B; lay over thin wisps of white to bring down the intensity of some of the darkest spots. This worked well. I wish I had a bit more of the white alpaca on hand for the outer layer but the Corriedale work.
Unfortunately, I was very focused on getting a few minutes at a time to work on this and the little dragon project and I do not seem to have taken pictures as the project progressed! I am sorry! So I can only show you how it turned out.
2 Look I found in the Napkin basket
4 – 6 Egg close-ups
We had more wildlife in the backyard while I was there.
7 – 10 Sparrow, Woodpecker, Robin, Bluejay
I hope you have been having fun felting and playing with fibre.
Update: I left Oakville promising to be back on Friday evening with my husband. I had planned to sit with my mother-in-law and make Dragon’s wings. (she had been so intrigued watching me bend and twist wire to create the armature. she continued her interest as I added the layers of wool to start the body, so I wanted to let her see what would happen next with the wings.) Unfortunately, my Mother-in-law did not wait for us and died peacefully in her sleep early Friday morning. Her memorial service went very well and I had suggested her minister may like to have her Chickadee as a reminder. The brothers agreed and we gave her the little bird. She was very happy to receive it. We did not know she had a bird collection but did know she was particularly fond of my mother-in-law. She was an amazing woman and will be greatly missed.
11 Chickadee in her new home with Reverend Sheila
13 thoughts on “A Quick Request for Chickadee Eggs”
It’s sad that you didn’t get to say goodbye but I hope knowing that she passed peacefully helps you and your husband.
The chickadee looks happy in her new home with Reverend Sheila and the felted eggs are just right – the bird perched on the edge of basket is giving an approving look too.
Yes it helps to know she was where she was happy, at home, and she had been able to see all her Sons and some of there wives over the last 2 months which i know she enjoyed.
i was sure Reverend Sheila would apresiate having the little guy but had not realized she acutaly collected birds. that made it even better.
i think the eggs will work perfectly in Verginia. i havnt seen a photo of were they turned up in the house yet but im sure it will be intersting.
It is sad, but a peaceful end in her own home is good.
I was fascinated by the photo of the blue jay. It looks for all the world as if it’s wearing a nightcap with a tassel!
Looking forward to an update on the dragon.
yes i think that is what she wanted.
you are right that blue jay looks like he is a teenager trying to be a hipster in a barray or has a vary odd comb over!!!
i have been working on Dragon’s wings and adding silk highlights in the fringe along the spine. (i was working at night in bed and kept dropping the needle! that is definatly not the best spot to work.)
Sorry to hear your mother in law passed away Jan. It sounds like she had fun in her last days watching with you with dragon.
She was an amazing Mother in Law, she was always curious about what each of us were doing and suportive of whatever it was. We miss her.
I love those little birds, they look very similar to the ‘Blue tits’ here in the Uk, in expression and size. I am sorry about your Mum in law too,, and I’m so glad that your last visit was fun for her and you. Great memory to have.
Chickadees have such a huge personality for such a little bird, i will go look up Blue tits, i hope there as cheeky as Chickadees.
thanks we do have wonderfull memorys with her which we will treasure.
Condolences to all your family Jan. It’s good that you got to spend time with her before she passed. Your eggs look great and I am looking forward to how you would create a nest for the eggs.
thanks Ruth she will be missed but we have wonderfull memorys of our time with her.
the eggs were fun to make, the nest will be more complicated, i may cheet a bit.
Great little eggs Jan. I am sure sister in law #4 thought they were great. I am looking forward to seeing the nest.
It so nice that your Mother in laws little chickadee went to a close friend to remember her by.
That blue jay must be a juvenile, it is very pale.
Yes #4 Sister in law did like them, i havnt seen where they are hidding in her house yet. the nest will be more complicated and i may cheet a bit it will depend what i can find. Reverend Sheila was vary tuched with the Chickadee and i am so glad she collects birds! She was the Perfect choice!
ah yes it was lighter in colour than the other Jays that were fighting over penuts in the back yard. odd hair styles are not only for the young but are definatly more prevelent with them.(well from a not so young any more perspective)
I can tell from your posts that your Mother-in-law was much loved Jan and I am sorry for you and your family’s loss. Her little Chickadee went to a wonderful home.
Your attention to detail on your eggs is wonderful – the perfect size for the little bird.
Looking forward to seeing your further progress on your wonderful dragon.