Still no Cedar Waxwings this year, but where they were Robins are now feasting. There were between 50 and 100 robins on these berry bushes, flying like a murmuration of Starlings!! Quite a sight. I have seen so many birds in flocks this year that I have never seen in large numbers together before (like the Red-winged Blackbirds). Robins are common but not in groups of 100!!
The weather has been downright cold the past couple of days -- no ice thank goodness but certainly temps teetering on that possibility. Here I am testing out my latest with the jacket back. Cutting up strips of slippery silk is a challenge!!
Here the jacket back is done except for the black side panels which will finish it off. I am okay with it and hopefully it isn't too bright.
Here I decided to test the look with one of the sleeves. The flannel backing certainly does stabilize all the silk and trap all the ravelling. The technique I use to put all my jackets together is almost a "quilt as you go" technique of laying down a strip on the backing and then sewing the next strip on top of the placed strip, then ironing it down. The flannel is great for holding pieces in place and I highly recommend it for jacket construction.
There are eight robins hiding in this picture - can you find them all?
Finally saw my beloved Oystercatchers after a few weeks of no shows!! It was kind of a dreary day and there were a lot of students wandering in the marshy area. I am still hoping to see the Clapper Rail one day.