Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Milkweed Project

I just had to drop in and share the great project the kids and I will be taking part in. Through the Lovely List, I found out about The Milkweed Project. Here is the write up from the website:

The Milkweed Project is a collaborative artwork currently in progress. Hundreds of fiber artists and crafters are knitting, crocheting, felting and spinning white and off-white creations that will be assembled into a giant milkweed pod. The final, assembled piece is intended to capture the essence of a milkweed pod; its soft, ethereal beauty and its importance to the natural world.

The Milkweed Project is about our connection to each other, to nature, to the past, present and future.

Shan Bryan-Hanson, the project architect, is an artist and teacher.

How exciting is that! I just had to be a part of it. On the Milkweed website you can view the entries that have already arrived. They are all so amazing and beautiful. We especially love the jellyfish. Incredible!

KT used the last bit of off white yarn to make this:

There has been talk of additions; buttons, ribbon, textured fibers...
Until more white yarn shows up, the boys have been busy making these:

I found the free pattern here. And there are pics of them here and here. They are very cute, quite simple and look fabulous perch upon our branch. The most difficult part is the pinning, which I did for them. KT wants to make them as Christmas gifts for a few precious toddlers we know (shhhh, don't tell Ari!)

I love this time of year!


  1. Susan Tierney CockburnSeptember 15, 2009 at 8:40 PM

    What beautiful birds...are they fabric?? Am I on your Christmas list? You're like the department stores; they're also thinking about Christmas and wondering how much business they're going to do on "Black Friday". I say let's all sew!

  2. Yes, they are fabric and yes, you are on our Christmas list! In the past we have only made things for each other and cookies for a few friends locally. But, this year we are branching out. It is a little scary and a lot exciting. We are having a "meeting" today about what we are making for who (whom? Kel?).

  3. Don't ask me grammar questions--this is a no grammar/spelling rule zone. I am grading essays right now and I just can't think!
    OK, love, love, love this project and love your birds even more. I am planning on doing something with some fluffy white fabric I have, so I'll be sure to share that soon. Just one question--can your kids come to my house and give me sewing lessons? Please? I'll take all 8 of them and time you want.

  4. Anytime :) Do you like my Avatar?

  5. Those are beautiful birds. What a great way to bring a bit of handmade nature into you home