Finally, paper not fabric! GelliBird


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I was tidying up in my office this morning and I came across a few Gelli prints that didn’t make it into my Gelli book.  They were either mis-printed so the prints overlapped, or the ones on the back weren’t lined up carefully, or they had too much white at the edges.  I must have made a conscious decision not to use them but had the sense not to just toss them in the bin – very unlike me!

I also spied the book I love, One Piece of Card, and had a quick flip thru.  You may recall I grabbed that from Alibris, the used book seller, online for a few £s.  It continues to inspire me.  I found a bird I had not yet made and it fit the spare Gelli prints perfectly.  I was looking at the prints, and looking at the bird, and one of my fave books, The Wind-up Bird Chronicles, popped in to my head.  That was all I needed to spur me on to make my GelliBird.


He makes me smile, and will sit on my window sill, to remind me there is more to my creative life than stitching, much as I am enjoying it.

I dragged out some very old supplies, like the metal letter tiles that I swear I have not even LOOKED at for 5 years. It’s a bit of a visual … is pun the right word?  … that the eye is a C, as in SEE.


I also used a little image from The Graphics Fairy.  I actually cut a chunk of a Gelli print and ran it thru my printer. stuck to a plain piece of paper, to print the image right on it.  I did hit it with the heat gun just to se the ink, but I am not sure that was even required, as it didn’t seem to smear at all.


The Time 2 Play text used quite a few of the tiles – maybe one day I will use them all up – and the choices where not necesarily the ones I would have made had I a full set, so I am not mad keen on it, but needs must, as they say.


A little hidden something is a trio of 2p pieces used as counterbalances, to the right side of the base to make sure the bird edge you can just see here at the left stays raised off the desk. and behind the clock circle.

He makes me smile and I enjoyed playing with paper and stamps and ink as much as I have been enjoying my sewing.  My play mat is just nearly done, just the binding to hand-stitch, and should finish up quick now the clocks have changed and there is longer daylight.  My eyes are NOT what they used to be when it comes to focusing on tiny stitches.  Remember I said I found seven more squares?  Nope.  Four were the final row and I forgot that.  So with only 3 extras that takes it back to a 36×36 play mat size.  Oh well. To be honest, I will possibly have 4 or more quilts done in the next few weeks so I may see if Jo will accept them hand delivered to the WOYWW crop rather than mail them.  That way I can put off making the bags for a little longer…. LOL!

Now, I have more tidying to do, more stitching, and a massive roast to cook for Easter dinner.  Where does the time go?

15 thoughts on “Finally, paper not fabric! GelliBird

  1. It is one of the best books I’ve found. But that Efemera for it. I saw it first on her blog. Check out her birds from the same book – they are tiny (I increased the template by a lot for mine) but so gorgeous.

    Enjoy – and enabling? Isn’t that what blogging is all about sometimes? 😀

  2. ermagawd I totally love that bird! I had to order that book, it should be here Monday. Enabler you lol.

  3. Hi, I watched your 2011? Pop up cards on YouTube that’s how I found your blog, which were very nice! I really like the blue gelli print Bird too. Thank’s for sharing!!!

  4. What a gorgeous project – your bird looks absolutely stunning, I’m not sure why but he reminds me of the woodpecker Professor Yaffle that used to be on Bag Puss. Have you by any chance a downloadable pattern for this project?
    THANKS for sharing theses lovely photos.

  5. O.M.G. i LOVE that bird. hmmm, i need to see if i can figure out something similar. great job, i can see how he would make you smile. tfs

  6. Lindsay is right! This is an amazing idea .. would be good positioned in a crafts magazine!

  7. The Gelli Bird is fantastic..really bright and cheery. Pam#14

  8. Love your Gelii bird – he’s looking brilliant – so cleverly constructed ! Hope the quilt comes together for you ! Ali #20

  9. Wow…I love your bird!! Well done and what a way to use up discarded pieces! I would love to get a gelli plate but that will have to wait :-(. I keep scrolling up and looking at the bird as it puts a smile on my face… Happy WOYWW.
    Janene #13

  10. that is beautiful MaryAnne, it should be in a magazine!

  11. brilliant, love it and made with Gelli scraps now I am going to save all my scraps for sure.

    thank you for sharing


  12. Fabulous!!! Thank you for sharing.

  13. Fabulous bird, and even better for using up old stash (its SO easy to forget what stash we have when put away…my excuse for keeping most of my stash out!!!!).

    You have been busy with your quilts, I look forward to seeing them at the WOYWW crop

    Kyla #63

  14. This is brilliant and magical. Just the sight of this BlueBird makes me think the Easter Bunny had you send me a photo of your wonderful work.

    Very much like the ‘Time to play’.

    Happy thoughts,

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