This nest is made from crocheting some fine coloured jewellery wire. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy this fine wire was to crochet. I found that after each round of stitches I needed to manipulate the crochet by gently pulling on it to open out the stitches and give it the lacy look it has.
By increasing the stitches on each round a conical shape was created. I decided to include a delicate hanging loop to this nest.
This nest is knitted using plastic bags often called PLARN PL(astic) + y(ARN) =PLARN.
I found a method online to cut a continuous strip from the bags. By folding the bag and leaving a small area to one side you cut through the folded section then open out the bag and cut diagonally from the end of one cut to the next. This was surprisingly easy to knit I do think it was because the bags I chose were thin soft ones.
The resulting fabric is very soft too. The bag with the green writing on it was slightly stiffer and it holds its shape better. This nest will need to be stuffed to hold its shape whilst part of the display.
This nest is crocheted. The yarn for this nest is made out of tshirt fabric and is often called TARN, (T)shirt + y(ARN) = TARN. To begin with I chose some old tshirts to use. I have many saved as I sometimes make rugs from them. Once again you are not surprised!
I used the same method as above to create a continues length of yarn. I only used one Tshirt in the end and chose the one with the pops of bright colours in it. This crocheted up easily and will be something I try again. A sturdy, functional nest was produced.
The next nests incorporate hand embroidery but on very different materials. The first is an old bra whose shape lends itself perfectly to a nest or two! I recently attended an introduction to Indian embroidery workshop which was very interesting, colourful and sparkly. I used some of the techniques demonstrated there to complete these nests. Using brightly coloured stranded cottons, beads, bells and mirror pieces I was able to create two bright and cheerfully welcoming nests.
Another object which lends itself to a perfect nest is a household sieve. This sieve was rescued from a carboot sale. I doubt anyone would have bought it to use as it was rusty and had pieces missing in the mesh.
Using a thin darning needle and rainbow coloured acrylic yarn I hand embroidered tiny stitches to create a series of shapes on the mesh.
I like the look of this but I am not sure whether I will leave it as it is or cover more of the mesh with stitches.