From designing the pattern, to stitching the pieces together, to filling with stuffing. Continue reading to learn how I made the raven bodies.
March 27, 2019: I was told that my previous raven was too skinny. So I re-drew the pattern to make a fatter version. It took a few tries, but I think I like the way it looks now.
Here, the raven pattern has been sketched onto freezer paper and stuck to black cotton fabric as a cutting guide.
After cutting, the raven pieces are pinned together for stitching.
The raven is stitched and ready to be stuffed. Next I'll cut out and stitch the other four ravens.
I stuff the bird with Poly-fil, using a long screwdriver to pack it as tightly as possible.
The stuffing inside these birds is compressed so tightly that they feel almost as solid as a carving. This 20-ounce bag of stuffing is just enough for two ravens.
With these large birds, I like to bury some weights inside the tail portion to help with balance and keep the whole thing from tipping forward. Here I'm using a few glass pebbles from a craft store floral department, but I've also used small bolts, washers and other bits of hardware.
Ravens, Part 1: Finding Inspiration
Ravens, Part 2: Feathers
Ravens, Part 3: Making lace for the head and neck
Ravens, Part 4: Starting on the legs
Ravens, Part 5: Claws
Ravens, Part 6: Legs
Ravens, Part 7: Building the body
Ravens, Part 8: Beaks
Ravens, Part 9: Attaching the legs
Ravens, Part 10: The exoskeleton
Ravens, Part 11: Feathers and Lace
Ravens, Part 12: Finally finished!
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I'm a textile artist in Reno, Nevada, USA, specializing in three-dimensional fabric sculpture. I use this blog page to record my journey and to share some of my successes and failures, in hopes that it might help you with your own creative endeavors.