Doh - the day isn't going right so far! Today and yesterday, I have been trying to make a mistle thrush. I was looking at pictures of them and thinking that the pose I really wanted was that alert, upright, neck-stretching thing they do. I was really happy with the pattern, but when I came to make the final version, it turns out that flat feet - nice big, flat study feet for balancing a little bird on - don't go well with the alert look. That would require tiptoes - which would never balance.
So meet Bob, the alert, flat-footed mistle thrush. :-)
I think the top of his head is too round as well.
And of course, when I was ready to make him, I couldn't find any fabric that worked. His chest and stomach are just white cotton with hand-painted spots, which looks alright I think, but his brown back and wings are too dark. He needs to be a greyer, sandier brown.
On the plus side, I think I have come to terms with his bendy wire legs. I've always been worried about their fragility but when I was sewing him up this afternoon, I decided I really liked the fact that he feels so delicate. I used to work with little birds - real birds - at a wildlife rescue centre and their legs do feel really twiggy and fragile.
Anyway, onto the next thing!