I made this felt appliqué over the past few weeks. I had started work on a linocut but developed a great deal of pain from the repetitive strain of carving the block. I then decided to put the linoleum aside, but wanted to continue doing some creative work. So I started designing an image for an appliqué.
Once I had completed all the first steps, I again sewed at night while listening to audiobook mysteries (see Sewing with Poirot) to help me with the dreadful news of ongoing illness and racism. This time I sewed while listening to Gaudy Night and Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers and to one or two more Hercule Poirot mysteries by Agatha Christie.
Birds, both living and symbolic, continue to help me, as do the sheep I have never met whose wool was transformed into the sheets of merino felt I used in this piece.