The Ugly Duckling Footstool

This ugly duckling footstool had a topper on it at one time, but it’s been long gone.  I started hooking a new top for it at Susan Feller’s Retreat Into the Mountains in April and just finished it.

Spring has finally sprung here in south central PA, so a bluebird design is timely.  I hooked the piece with wool strips and then used wool roving to needle felt the pussy willows onto the branches.  Before I begin any bird design, I always look at images of that particular bird. Bluebirds have a pretty rose colored breast, but there are actually several shades and hues of that color.  I’m not afraid to hook “clashing” colors next to each other and that’s what I did in the bird’s breast, with a bit of bright rose color next to the duller berry colored wool.

At Crow's Foot Farm, we have several bluebird houses right out front.  I’ve seen some bluebirds checking them out as they have in previous years, but now I’m seeing tree swallows.  Who will be nesting here?  Time will tell and Mother Nature can be fickle.  Some years we have lots of successful bluebirds.  Other years we find abandoned nests and eggs or other bird species nesting in the boxes.  We’ll keep a close watch as things progress through the summer months.

Next week I will tell you about someone who lived on this land over 200 years ago and he’s still right out back! 

There’s a lot of beauty at Crow’s Foot Farm and I’m grateful to be living here.

Not much to look at.

Not much to look at.

New topper in place.

New topper in place.

Closeup of bluebird on pussy willow branch.

Closeup of bluebird on pussy willow branch.