Announcing a regular Wednesday feature from Bags of a Feather featuring winged things such as birds, butterflies, and dragonflies. I enjoy celebrating the beauty of wings in nature and fabric.
The Wednesday Wings from Bags of a Feather was a mostly-weekly post on my old site, and I had a lot of fun trying to put together a creative post and find fabric or bags to accompany the post.
The first post is about bluebirds, and I also happen to have some beautiful 100% organic bluebird fabric in my etsy shop!
Organic Cotton Jewelry Pouch with Anti-tarnish Inner Pocket
This fabric is soft and is wonderful to work with. The colors are rich and vibrant, and much more beautiful in person. I have made this into several different items, such as a jewelry pouch with an anti-tarnish inner pocket to keep silver jewelry sparking and tarnish-free. The same fabric was made into a fabric storage bin.
I currently have a padded zipper pouch in this fabric available in my shop.
Organic Cotton Bluebird Coin Purse or Zipper Pouch
Another “bluebird” fabric is a stylized, antique-looking fabric that I made up into a stand-up cosmetic pouch:
Vintage Stylized Parrot Cosmetic Pouch
A bold and beautiful folkloric print fabric cosmetic zipper pouch that includes bluebirds:
Folkloric Bird Print Zipper Pouch
I’m sure there are more bluebirds in my etsy shop, and also in my fabric stash of over 100 bird fabrics!
More information about bluebirds (from Wikipedia):
“Bluebirds are territorial, prefer open grassland with scattered trees.(similar to many species of woodpecker). Bluebirds can typically produce between two and four broods during the spring and summer (March through August in the Northeastern United States). Males identify potential nest sites and try to attract prospective female mates to those nesting sites with special behaviors that include singing and flapping wings, and then placing some material in a nesting box or cavity. If the female accepts the male and the nesting site, she alone builds the nest and incubates the eggs.
Predators of young bluebirds in the nests can include snakes, cats and raccoons. Non-native and native bird species competing with bluebirds for nesting locations include the Common Starling, American Crow, and House Sparrow, which take over the nesting sites of bluebirds, killing young and smashing eggs and probably killing adult bluebirds.
Bluebirds are attracted to platform bird feeders, filled with grubs of the darkling beetle, sold by many online bird product wholesalers as mealworms. Bluebirds will also eat raisins soaked in water. In addition, in winter bluebirds use backyard heated birdbaths.
Of all the birds a gardener could choose to attract, the bluebird is the quintessential helpful garden bird. Gardeners go to extreme lengths to attract and keep them in the garden for their beneficial properties. Bluebirds are voracious insect consumers, quickly ridding a garden of insect pests.”