The flight collection was inspired by the trending colors of 2016; apple green, pink, white, cream, seafoam green, and light to medium blues. These colors reminded me of the natural hues and color combination of birds. Each rug in the collection attempts to reflect the color vibrancy of a particular bird. The series debuts with two rugs in December and continues with additions throughout the year.
The first rug in the collection is Blue Magpie. The 12 foot round rug I created combines periwinkle and cobalt with gray yarns to reflect the splendor of the Taiwan Blue Magpie bird feathers. As its name implies, the Taiwan Blue Magpie or Formosan Blue Magpie is the official bird of Taiwan. Magpies are members of the Crow family. The Blue Magpie has been listed as a rare and valuable species and is protected by Taiwan’s Cultural Heritage Preservation Act1.
I crocheted the Blue Magpie rug in September and October of this year. The rug consists of single crochet stitches with a reverse single crochet edge. I like how single crochet in the round mimics braiding, but yields a more contemporary look. I used Universal Yarn Deluxe Worsted, 100% wool yarn to make the rug.
The Spectacled Parrotlet rug, second in the collection, mirrors the apple green and aran coloring of the female Spectacled Parrotlet bird. Similar to how Mark Rothko used blocks of color in his art to express emotions, color blocks in the rug signify light and growth.
I wanted a durable stitch that could handle frequent washing, which I thought was likely with the light yarn and accordingly, chose to crochet the Spectacled Parrotlet rug using the linen stitch. in November and December of this year. The rug measures 43 by 29.5 inches. The yarns utilized were Paton’s Classic Wool Worsted, 100% pure new wool and Valley Yarns NorthHampton Bulky, 100% wool.
The Spectacled Parrotlet bird is native to Columbia, Panama, and Venezuela. It grows up to about 5 inches making it one of the smallest among Parrotlets. “These miniature parrots in the wild travel in flocks which, depending on the species, can range from as low as four to over 100 birds. Most species travel in flocks of about 5–40. They form lifelong and tight pair bonds with their chosen mates.”2
Be sure to check the blog in January for the next rug in the collection – Cassin’s Finch.
1. Formosan Blue Magpies. http://beautyofbirds.com/formosanbluemagpies.html. Retrieved from beautyofbirds.com on December 28, 2015, 5:07 PM.
2. Spectacled Parrotlet Care and Information. “The Best Little Bird In The World.” http://www.spectacledparrotlets.com/. Retrieved from spectacledparrotlets.com on December 28, 2015, 5:37 PM.