The Magic Feather

 My Magic Feather - on a 5" square piece of repurposed linen

Jude Hill's Magic Feather Project is sweeping the internet, with contributions floating in to her mailbox from all over the planet. Here is Jude's description of what it's all about:
The Magic Feather Project is a collective stitching project focused on creative sharing and giving. The magic feather has been my personal symbol for almost forever.  With the idea of making it a symbol of something bigger than just myself, I thought I would share it with you and you in turn might stitch one (at least) and send it to me so I might, in turn, sew a bunch together and put the larger cloth to some charitable use.
One thing that is wonderful to do is to read all the comments on the project page. From all over the world, comment after comment expressing joy and love, caring and creativity. It's a wonderful thing which Jude has initiated.

I'm a bit disappointed in the shape of my first feather, which doesn't truly look like a feather. That's okay - imperfection holds a place of honor in my life. I guess part of the problem is that I chose to fill in the feather with French knots. I thought they would be really pretty, but they're just too round and therefore not feathery looking. Live and learn. Maybe before I stitch the next one, I'll actually watch Jude's instructions. :-)

I made a backing, mostly to hide how hideous my stitching skills are. I tore a piece from the cloth I chose for my first eco-dying project (see my most recent post). The cloth was a little gift from Jude, so it seemed fitting.

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all. 
And maybe ... you are a little fat bear cub with no wings, and no feathers. 

Erotica is using a feather, pornography is using the whole chicken.