Welcome to week 2 of the crow-along!
Your goal for this week is to make your wings and tail. That’s steps 33 – 54 in the pattern. Please read through those steps before you start, it helps a lot to see where you are headed before you begin.
The wings and tail are easy and quick and I’ve got a couple tips to make them even more crowy.
Tip #1 – Stripes are your friend.
Stripes give your feathers a little extra bang for the buck. With 2 layers of fabric, right sides together, place the feather pattern piece on the diagonal and cut, super simple. A variety of scale is nice too.
The pieces are tacked down with a little glue stick. You can hand or machine sew the lines (step – 47 in the pattern.
Tip #2 – My top secret method for making feathery texture with a light weight fabric
Please watch the video above (click here if you don’t see the video). And I’ll go over the basics below.
You need a strip of lightweight fabric. The strip should be about 16 inches (it’s more than you will use but you don’t want to run out) of un-gathered fabric per wing. It’s about 1 and ¼ inches wide.
Gather the strip by hand or machine. My stitch line is slightly off center. It’s super quick and easy to do on the machine by turning the tension to the highest setting and the stitch length to the largest setting. If you’re gathering by hand make a back stitch after every couple inches to keep it from all unbunching.
Fold the strip at the seam and press.
We start at the bottom. Place your strip and whip stitch along the edge. Fold the strip over and place it a little above the first row and whipstitch the edge. Repeat until you reach the top edge of the wing and whipstitch along the edge, clip the strip and tuck the edge under to finish.
The feathery part comes from the haircut. Hold your scissors at a slight angle to the texture and start clipping into it. Scroll back up and check out the video to see exactly what I mean.
When you’re just about happy with the texture use the scissors to make your edges a little more pointy and feathery. So crowy! And pretty quick to do.
And the tail. I’m still working on it… And I’ll add a photo here tomorrow. I’m making it according to the directions in the pattern and also incorporating some stripes.
I want to talk for a minute about the community aspect of the sew-along. The crow group on FB is super fun and supportive. It’s my first fb group and I was surprised by the amount of interest and activity. I get that if you’re not on facebook or Instagram you miss out on that. I won’t go on and on about it now but I am working on a non facebook community for stuff like sew-alongs, the scrap festival and miss thistle society. I’ll share more soon and you can let us know if that’s something you’d be interested in the comments.