color stories : yellow and pink

18th century textile birds

sewing pattern for a textile songbird

Find the sewing pattern to make this songbird here.

My favorite textiles have been the ones that find me. They bring colors I could not imagine.  These 18th century pieces (a beautiful gift) are mesmerizing and expanded my understanding of what yellow and pink can be.

vermeer songbird


This is yellow that sounds like trumpets, bright, triumphant trumpets and pink and crimson that sound like weeping violins.

“if a violin string could ache, i would be that string.” ― Vladimir NabokovLolita

pink antique textiles

18th century textile


crimson and-pink songbird

I’m making songbirds and trying hard to do the colors and textures justice- they have waited such a long time.

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  1. I can only imagine how happy you are to be able to create these beautiful things. Thank you.

  2. Teresa Dudik

    Royal birds for sure! Love the fabric and these birds.

  3. Love the bright colors and textures of the fabrics! So perfect for these beautiful birds.

  4. Jaimie Sander

    Absolutely stunning! I love these songbirds,they just bring a smile to my face ! Thanks for sharing!

  5. The combination of yellow and pink has my mind churning with possibilities. Your posts are often the brightest part about Friday.

  6. Your blog sings such a perfect note, Ann. Like a place of peace and refuge.

    Colorful birds to brighten the winter skies, and gentle arts to please the mind and soul.



  7. I love getting your updates, photos and ideas.
    You are one extremely fantastic woman!!!
    Huge hugs

  8. I love that I’m not the only one who hears colours!! these are doing those long travelled textiles perfect justice…so lovely!

  9. Dear Ann, so talented, these little birds are like rays of sunshine on a grey and misty evening ☀️ Thank you! x

  10. Reading your blog always brings a smile to my face along with a peaceful feeling. Look forward to your next adventure.

  11. I really want to buy the pattern and make some… where can I get it?

  12. Velia Antila

    Silks and Shantungs are the most beautiful fabrics to use. Love what you are doing.

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