This atc is the next one for my online workshop. It is a combination of machine & hand stitching. It represents a significant amount of work because of the detailing, some of which is lost in the final embellishing. I started with a piece of raw (washed) calico which I had dyed blue (& have the hands to prove it!). Then I used a piece of cotton lace, dipped in bleach & pressed it on the calico & brayered over it. This bleached the lace pattern onto the dark fabric. Unfortunately, I got a bit zealous with the zig zag & alot of this detailing is lost. I used a zigzag stitch on my machine, first in grey (for the background) & creamy white for the ‘nest’ section. After that, I hand stitched some shredded string on & did some random stitching with linen thread & used the same thread to sew on the buttons for eggs. Next, I used 3mm silk ribbon & embroidered long & short, random blanket stitches. I tried out a few ways to add a bird & resorted to paper in the end, but it probably isn’t that suited to a fabric ATC. Last of all, I added a little bullion stitch bee & some more shreaded string. It was a bit of fun to do some free hand embriodery again………….it is literally years since I have done any, though I used to do it prolifically, & teach others as well. A nice little project to break me in again!! LOL!!