Saturday, April 26, 2014

Fabric and Lacebook re: Birds from Downunder

I know that birds are most often associated 
with Spring but I love them in any season
I wanted to share a book which I created
for Lisa of Tarnished and Tattered Blog
(as part of a swap we engaged in
several months ago)
about our native Australian birds here
- the "Honeyeaters".
The bird theme was a total surprise for Lisa!

I have also included a couple of other birds but it is mainly
focused on the Honeyeaters.

I took several pieces of fabric away with me on a short
holiday last year so that I could hand piece 

some fabrics together in the evening where we stayed
in a beautiful cabin on the beach.

This Wonga Pigeon graces the cover

and here are the first two pages inside.

I know how much Lisa loves birds and themes

related to nature but I doubt that she ever sees

any of these beautiful insect loving birds
in her garden!!!

Oh and popped in the left hand pocket on these
pages is a tag with one of our Kookaburras
on it!

You can clearly see this pocket displaying the Black Honeyeaters
was created from a rusted linen serviette.

In this pocket are a couple of vintage cigarette cards

from my collection of ephemera.

The Heron which is actually from a piece of fabric
I identified from my bird books as a Reef Heron!

I'm not quite sure where in the book this appears
but I simply loved that beautiful nest 
which I had to incorporate.

You can also see more rust dyed and blue silk fabrics
which have been collaged and hand stitched
with some vintage lace.

This photo on the back of the lacebook came from
 a dear friend, Ron.
See the little Blue Wren sitting on the fence post?

Now you can see how the many pages of fabrics
and lace look together to give it a
very rustic feel!

Last, but not least, is the spine adorned with a metal finding.
I can't tell you how much I enjoyed the creation of
this book with its many layered fabrics and laces of hand stitching
and I was very happy with the result
not to mention how thrilled Lisa 
was to receive it.

I will share what I received from Lisa in a future post seeing that
I have managed to take up so much of your precious time
in viewing this post already!

I'm joining the party at What's It Wednesday
Ivy and Elephants this week!

I do have at least two more lacebook journals that I will
share with you as we go along - one of which
relates to nature again!

Finally I'm just sending some Autumnal hugs
from our garden to all my friends and followers
in blogland with this beautiful

Have a lovely weekend!

Suzy xox


  1. What a nice collection of your work! LOVE the lace touches!

  2. Oh, Susy...
    ich bin ja wieder total überwältigt von der Vielzahl deiner schönen Künste.
    So fantastische Arbeiten, so romantisch und verspielt.
    Du machst einzigartige Werke.

    Liebe Grüße
    Sophie xx

  3. Hi Suzy, your work is simply breathtaking. Blessings

  4. What an incredibly beautiful bird book!! I love all your little touches, especially the pocket with the card tucked inside. You are a master!

  5. Love your beautiful book. I'm sure your friend will treasure this.
    Hugs Kay

  6. Just gorgeous Suzy! I love your work-thank you for sharing with us

  7. Your lace bird book is just beautiful! Love the rustic and vintage feel to it. Such a lovely treasure.
    Thanks for the inspiration,
    Pieced Pastimes

  8. Oh Suzy ... absolutely STUNNING. I would love to be able to create something this beautiful. You're great!


  9. Oooh... how exquisitely beautiful Suzy!... I love seeing all of your birds and your journal of Nature is stunning... all of your vintage ephemera makes it so precious... really love the photo of the sweet wren on the old farm fence with the barbed wire... you are an amazing artist and creator of beauty... also love love love your gorgeous Windflower... and what a pretty name for her... xoxo Julie Marie

  10. The bird theme is perfect for this sweet lady. And your book is always! I still want to attempt to make one. I have gathered some supplies...I just don't know where to start! Enjoy your weekend my friend! Hugs, Diane

  11. That book is breathtaking Suzy! I can't stop looking at it!!!!!

  12. Dearest Suzy,
    I can imagine that Lisa was over the moon, getting this gorgeous book of Australien birds in her hands.
    You have overdone yourself again with this most beautiful collection of page-collages ,showing the amazing beauty your hands and heart can create!!
    I love the blue tones in fabrics you added and all the so lovely laces.Every page is stunning, dearest friend.
    Love and hugs from Dorthe

  13. That book is simply stunning and I can imagine how thrilled she was to receive it!

  14. This is such a stunning book Suzy! All those lovely birds you incorporated gives it an earthy feel...the colors you chose to use in the fabrics, laces and such are just wonderful...a treasure to behold indeed...thank you for sharing it with us.

  15. You are a true master of layering and creating texture Suzy! I love birds too and this book is a feast for the eyes.
    enJOY a lovely Sunday,

  16. I can only imagine the squeals that came out of dear Lisa when she opened this amazing work of art Suzy!!!!!!! It is truly a gorgeous piece of your 'art from the heart'! The way you piece all these beautiful things together is magical my friend!
    The photos of your windflowers are making me sigh today. They are so, so pretty. I can only imagine how much you have enjoyed your garden this summer and now that it is fall there, there are still many beautiful blooms to unfold---so enjoy dear Suzy, enjoy!
    sending much love....

  17. Hello dearest Suzy
    Each time I visit your blog, I know I am in for a special treat.…..
    Again, you are spoiling us with an insight into your work.
    It is breath taking how you weave your magic with the fabric and lace combinations and other special details on each and every page.
    Australian birds is a magical theme so dear to your heart...

    I love your story of how you gathered pieces of fabric to take with you on holiday to hand stitch in the evenings – those creative hands are never idle - this resonates with me Suzy as I love to hand stitch too.

    Lisa will be over-joyed. Her mixed media work is inspiring too, so I know we will be in for a treat when you post about her gift to you – I can’t wait!

    I know the joy I have with the exquisite journal you created for me, hardly a day goes by that I don't pick it up, and admire your wonderful creativity!
    I am always inspired by what you do.

    Shane xox

  18. You have outdone yourself with this one! I love birds and am very happily being awakened every morning now by the return of our Canada Geese and the mallard ducks in the river outside our building. It was fun to look at your photos and see all the different birds you have 'over there'.

  19. Suzy your lace book of Nature Birds is breathtaking. What a wonderful treasure you have created. Every detail adds such drama and beauty. I am swooning over your divine one-of-a-kind journal. Creative Lace Bliss Dear...

  20. Dear Suzy, how wonderful your book is!!! Absolutely stunning work and really breathtaking!! :o)
    Hugs, Viola

  21. Suzy you are really the magic hands

  22. How delicate and graceful your windflowers are, and how nice to see blooming flowers (my daffs just popped open!)
    Your bird lacebook is gorgeous! I love it!

  23. Oh my dear , this is beautiful as ever and always get so inspired when looking at your books. I have made a couple for a project but they pale in the lace book department. Thanks for sharing and sharing such breath taking art. I could look forever at each one and learn so much just enjoying the pics. Thanks for sharing with us. oxoxxo

  24. Dear Suzy, you have made such a wonderful book for Lisa , love all the lace and the lovely birds images, the colors fits so perfectly, love the book.
    Hugs Anni

  25. Fantastic book, just beautiful. Could not stop looking.

  26. Stunning book Suzy!!! I love bird watching and the whole nature theme. All those layers of laces and earth toned colors are just wonderful. What a very special book for your friend.
    And your garden flower photos-so pretty.

  27. What beautiful birds you have there Suzy, most I have never heard of. But what you did with them is exquisite!!!
    Lisa is a very lucky lady!!
    Hugs Lynn

  28. Hi dear Suzy,
    the book you created for Lisa is
    absolutely stunning.She must be over the moon. Can't wait to see what Lisa created for you:) You both are such talents. I'm still admiring the book I won in Lisa's giveaway a few years back.Have a wonderful start of the week.
    Hugs and love,

  29. Hello Suzy,
    Beautiful book! Wow! It is layers and layers of total bird bliss! Every page is a design of beauty. I love the pockets, and the sweet little bird cards. The little bits and lovely rusty edges give your artful book an aged feel. The metal filigree on the spine is brilliant! I am sure you did absolutely love sewing all these pages! And learning about native birds of Australia is wonderful!!!
    You have done such fine work showing them all off.
    Lisa is going to be over the moon!

    I have never seen a wind flower in bloom before. It is just beautiful!
    Such delicate coloring. Is this the same plant that Pulsatilla comes from?

  30. Hello dearest Suzy, The book you made for Lisa is absolutely stunning. Our sweet friend must have been very thrilled when she unwrapped it. The bird images are wonderful and you've created the most gorgeous fabric and lace backgrounds for them. The touches of blue are lovely.
    Wishing you sweet dreams and a great week :).
    xoxo to you,

  31. Suzy, it's lovely and I feed birds year 'round. They bring such pleasure and it's worth the little bit it costs for food.

  32. Your book for Lisa is so so beautiful Suzy. So many wonderful details. I love the bird theme.
    Can´t wait to see what she made for you.

  33. Hello dear Suzy!
    I was in Nantes to see the textil art show: "Pour l'amour du fil" you'll be abble to visit on my blog, and I met two australian girls, so charming! I'm sure you'll love too! We talked a lot and exchange our mail adress. I talked of you, your art and your blog with them, and maybe when they'll be back to Australia, you'll meet them????
    I love your birds book of course!
    Hugs and kisses

  34. I cannot imagine the joy of receiving something as beautiful as this in a swap, hat is one lucky lady! Such careful & caring work has gone in there, as has in all those beautiful pages in the last few posts. Just lovely!

  35. Suzy,
    Whow, so beautiful!!!
    Thanks so much for sharing your amazing talent.

  36. Your work is always so beautiful and has such attention to detail Suzy, each is a work of art.

  37. Hi Suzy, what wonderful creations. I love your lace books and you have inspired me to try this. Love all your details. So much to see with all the accents.
    You are such a talent!!
    Thank you for sharing the lovely flowers too.

    Thank you also for stopping by and your kind comment. So nice to see you. Have a special day and many blessings to you!!

  38. Thank you for visiting my blog post. Your birds look so delightful just tucked in among so many beautiful laces and fabrics. I have also been doing some pastels and watercolors of birds. I guess it is because Spring has arrived and I sit outside and listen in the mornings.

  39. Suzy, this a a beautiful work of art. There is so much detail to enjoy.

  40. Hello, dear Suzy
    You have such a lovely talent for adding the right embellishments with the right colors. Your creations are always gorgeous. I love the bird theme of this soft book.

    Teresa in California

  41. Dear Suzy,
    After being away for three months to Spain it is so wonderful to be back and seeing this most wonderful lace book. It is so beautiful with all the nature elements and the wonderful blue tones. Just love it dear.

    Hugs and love

  42. Wow Suzy, your fabric book is so fabulous, thank you for sharing. I love your amazing imagination, so exciting seeing what you come up with in your new creations. Always such fun visiting with you. Have a great weekend.
    Biggest friendship Hugs MARTINA oxo

  43. Beautiful as usual Suzy! Breathtaking!

  44. Suzy, dear, please take much more of my precious time and let me indulge in these beautiful images of an even more beautiful piece of art... I am overwhelmed by the creativity you have put into this marvellous fabric journal. Oh my... these delicate pieces of lace and strips of fabric, all those pockets and pictures... Lisa must be over the top with such a gift! I see, you have not lost your spirit in now way and I am only too happy to see you alive and bouncing in your creation! Hugs, Manu

  45. Gorgeous vintage bird album, The fabric & lace is just perfect... I adore the images of the birds...Lisa will treasure this always...the detail is outstanding...Hugs May x x

  46. Suzy, this journal is beautiful, I love the colours you've used, they're very representative of Australia's colours with blue skies and lots of sunshine.

  47. This book you created is just exquisite! You have inspired me! I just adore birds and nature and cant stop thinking how amazing this is!

  48. Over the top gorgeous. Bluebirds were seen outside my window yesterday. Everyone thonks they go away for winter, but they dont. So goegeous. xox


Thank you so very much for stopping here to say hello and to see what I have been creating. I really treasure each and everyone of you for your comments. It is so appreciated....Suzy

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