Birds of Beebe Woods

18″ x 24″ posters (shown above) are available at my Etsy shop.

About the artwork: Birds of Beebe Woods was made for a fiber art exhibit celebrating the town forest in my home town of Falmouth, Massachusetts in 2012. In my piece, I wanted to feature wildlife as well as convey the natural environment of the woods. I chose to portray birds, making them realistic enough to be recognized, but patterned and abstracted in a way that made them fun to stitch. When planning the birds piece, I started with a simple sketch  and then got to work on the woodsy border, with its felt-covered wire filigree stage curtains. The crow came next and then the other birds common to our area of New England, making a dozen total. Listed clock-wise, they are female cardinal, nuthatch, black-throated green warbler, male cardinal, wren, downy woodpecker, blue-jay, robin, goldfinch, cedar waxwing, American crow and chickadee.

Since many people have asked if the original is for sale. Not now, as I will be holding onto it for a few years, so that it can be displayed in public and entered in juried exhibitions. The next showing is Feb. 28 – March 29, 2014 ~ Fiber in the Present Tense 2014, an exhibition to showcase the fiber art work of the MA/RI Chapter of the Surface Design Association (SDA) at ArtWorks!, New Bedford MA.

And later, the Birds piece will be included in my show at the Falmouth Historical Society, Falmouth, MA. July 4 – August 16, 2014 ~ Salley Mavor: Expressions in Stitches: Then and Now. Historical needlework from the museum’s collection will be exhibited alongside my contemporary embroidered artwork.

Detail images from Birds of Beebe Woods are printed as note cards, too. They’re available in my Etsy shop.

Before I sewed everything onto the background, my husband, Rob took a photo of the felt covered wire border suspended in front of the woods around our house. Then my sister, Anne used her graphic design skills to disappear the fishing line and make an announcement for the 2012 Intimate Woods exhibit at Highfield Hall in Falmouth.

 Archives: To see posts about the making of the piece, go to the archives here.

27 thoughts on “Birds of Beebe Woods

  1. Your birds are simply wonderful–each one is a treasure! Can’t wait to save up for a poster. Ten years ago I bought a blossom fairy kit from you (such fun to make) and recently purchased some of your little board books–and then Pocket Full of Posies. I was at recess today showing it to our Kindergarten teacher and a little girl became silently captivated by each page we looked at. It was great fun! You delight and preserve the child in each of us.

  2. I found a pin of one or your birds on Pinterest and discovered you site. All I can say is oh my goodness, I am in awe! You have a new instant fan!

  3. I think this is one of the most gorgeous pieces of needleart I’ve ever seen! What a masterpiece!! The design, layout, colors, and craftsmanship is superb. All the birds are beautifully done, but if I had to pick a favorite I think it would be the little wren. I especially love how the wren stands out in relief from the crow and is lovely even when compared to the more brilliant plummage of some of the other birds!! <3

  4. This was my favorite piece of art at the Yeiser Art Center and I had to look you up. Your work is just breathtaking and I’m so glad I got to experience the ‘Birds”

  5. sally, your work gets better all the time. am so glad you are doing this. i remember adam and eve made of salt dough…..

  6. Wow! I love your artwork. My daughter bought one of your books for me as a gift. I am going to try and learn how to do this. Absolutely beautiful! I saw the exhibit at the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell. I could have stayed all day admiring the intricacy of your work. Thanks!

  7. I am just about to start my first piece of embroidery on wool felt at the age of 77 !!! What a wonderful inspiration your birds are; all that magnificent , creative stitchery. I want to produce something related to the native acacia blossoms of my Australian bushland so seeing what is possible has given me enormous pleasure ( and encouragement). Many thanks.

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