One of my favorite bloggers runs an art blog. Her name is Ann Wood, and her blog is Ann Wood Handmade. It’s one of those blogs that an artist could get obsessed with. A few years ago, I spent weeks reading every. single. post. And now, of course, I get emails when she updates. She makes the most beautiful things, and no, she did not ask me to write this. One of the things that I love most about her is that she posts free patterns for things in addition to the patterns you can pay for. I currently own two of her patterns.
One of the patterns I own of hers is for paper mache ships which I have had in process for two years… myself and my friend discovered we actually hate paper mache. I’m way too much of a perfectionist for it. Ann’s paper mache work is absolutely gorgeous though and inspires me to keep trying it.
Sidenote: If you like paper mache and don’t want to commit to the ships pattern, she also has a free paper mache teacup pattern.
The other pattern that I have from Ann is her little birds pattern. I used this pattern to create a set of little birds for my friends’ wedding.
|Little birds were sewn both by my Vintage, 1951, Singer 15-91.|
|Pleating on organza for the Groom’s shirt. If you have ever thought about making pleats this small on organza, I wouldn’t recommend it. It’s super difficult. Somehow, I managed.|
- Her body is made of both a gold speckled cotton and a white cotton muslin.
- Eyes on both birds are vintage sequins.
- The organza and pearl trim on the bride is from hobby lobby.
- The plain pearl trim and lace applique I’m pretty sure were clearance items from Hancock Fabrics from when I worked there a while ago.
- His outer body is black satin, and his center body is white cotton with a pleated organza overlay.
- His top hat has a Batman symbol because the groom loved Batman and I wanted to personalize it a bit.
- His boutineer is actually one of the wedding colors, and I made it from bias tape.
- His pearl buttons are the same pearl strand that I used for the bride.