I tried again. This time I used no ink or paint inside the bird's body, but relied on pencil to sketch a bit and stitching to add detail. There are pin pricks on the chest and belly of the bird to add texture. The reeds, wing, beak and head feathers are stitched.
At Karen Ruane's class we have the option of taking a book and changing the pages to integrate stitching. Some people have chosen beautifully illustrated children's books, with so much fun imagery and graphics to play with. Someone else has a book of old lace patterns and I think someone else has a book of intricate tile patterns.
The second page has a smorgasbord of paint brushes and pencils. I cut out another slit and added the french knots here instead. (needs a better photo, no?)
The next page had a room painted in shades of dark brown and burgundy. Yuck. So in the spirit of 'it is my book and I can do what I like', I pasted over with a few cut out bits with colours from the front.