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March 6, 2014

MAKE A NEST: HOW TO INSTRUCTIONS

I've been doing a little nesting around today.  Perhaps, you'd like to, too.  If you'd like to make this nest, you will need:   

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©Linda Nelson 2014
  • 6 feet (approx.) of florists wire
  • 6 feet (approx.) of thread, very thin yarn or string
  • 5 inch long piece of garden jute/twine
  • tiny handful of spanish moss (natural or dyed)
  • little piece of white quilt batting or wool roving
  • sewing needle
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©Linda Nelson 2014
To begin, take your little piece of garden twine and separate the plies.  Tease apart your batting/roving into pieces.  Now take all of your materials, except for the wire and sewing needle, and roll/scrunch it into a ball.  Gently flatten the ball out into a small pancake size shape.
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©Linda Nelson 2014 
Next, kink your wire to give it a "snagging" property, then gently wrap it, in all different directions, around your materials.  Place your two thumbs in the center of the bundle; use your other fingers to gently form a nest shape.  Work this motion until you are satisfied with the overall shape.  Now is the time to work in some more material, if you so choose.
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©Linda Nelson 2014
Thread your needle with any color thread you prefer (I chose creamy white), knot the two ends, then slip knot it to the wire anywhere on the nest.  Stitch through the materials, working your way around the nest until you feel it is secure enough to hold its shape.  Don't go overboard with this step or you will lose the wispy effect that gives the nest character.
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©Linda Nelson 2014
There you have it.  All done.  Feel free to experiment with other materials, such as tinsel or shredded paper fill.  You may even want to thread some seed beads onto the wire, too.

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©Linda Nelson 2014


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