real silk mending + migration

Saffron Birds are being created using a variety of threads – wool , silk, casherino, mohair and cotton with details in cotton , linen and silk thread box. I came across a box of vintage silk darning threads a friend gave me a while ago so these are providing detail on a migrating Hoopoe bird in progress. The mending threads also provide a nice link to the theme of home .

hoopoe work in progress


The hoopoe is an exotic looking bird that is the size of a mistle thrush. It has a pinkish-brown body, striking black and white wings, a long black downcurved bill, and a long pinkish-brown crest which it raises when excited. It does not breed in the UK, but as many as 100 birds can turn up in spring (mostly seen as single birds) as birds migrating north to Europe from Africa overshoot and land on the south coast of England.