Vintage UK first day covers are often so beautiful - the stamps are miniature works of art. When I saw this one on a market stall I just knew I wanted to add my stitching to it.
A design came to me quickly - I imagined a tree curving round the side of the envelope, filled with birds. But how to create that tree? I was staying with my daughter, miles away from most of my stitching stash, but a parcel had arrived that morning, tied with jute string.... 💡an idea was born!💡
This was my first tree: proof that Necessity really is the Mother of Invention! And the formula has been refined and repeated many times since.
There are so many details in this piece that I had fun with - the woven bird’s nest, the toadstools, the spider web in the tree trunk. Just don’t look too closely at my woodpecker - not my finest piece of stitching!
The final detail I added was a quotation from a poem by William Blake. He’s my favourite poet, and his Songs of Innocence and of Experience have long been special to me, so a brief couplet from Spring was perfect to handwrite on to the envelope. Not only was British Wild Birds my first envelope transformation, it was the first piece I posted on to my new Facebook page in 2016, and it sold immediately. It had been an experiment - but it proved to be a success!