The pattern for this jaunty little guy comes from Eleaner Bruce, at http://www.thequirkycorncrib.etsy.com/. I found it in my favorite book, which I've mentioned on this blog before: Little Birds--26 Handmade Projects to Sew, Stitch, Quilt & Love. I had to put my own spin on him, which included making his body and wings out of sewn and stuffed felt, but needlefelting a lot of the details. My beaks always seem to come out huge, but in this case I like it.
I haven't done any needlefelting since way back in January, on Day Fourteen, when I complained that I found it tedious. This time was much better, since I wasn't creating the entire form from needlefelting, but only adding the details. I thoroughly enjoyed working the beak, eyes, and dark feathers with my felting needle and rovings.
Eleanor says this about Fred: "Quite frankly, when your everyday is everyone else's Sunday best, you're bound to feel a little pleased with yourself."
Well said, Eleanor.
We should all feel this good about the way we look.