a tiny flock of holiday birds

I know this is giving away a holiday surprise, but I’ve been working on this tiny flock of birds for over a month, and I wanted to share their simplicity and story before they are all wrapped up and given away.

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A year ago, my friend Luc and her husband Jamey lost their 3-week old baby boy, Cooper Austin. In response to Cooper’s death, Luc began a project called Cooper’s Flock, which gives handmade birds to families with children having  heart surgery due to heart conditions similar to Cooper’s. People from all over the world have made tiny birds and shipped them to Luc, who then offers them as part of her son’s legacy to families in need of a tiny handmade, lovingly sewn or knit bird to hold during their own child’s surgery. You can read more about Luc’s personal and creative journey on her blog.

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I started sewing these tiny birds a month ago, with plans to give them to my family and friends as holiday ornaments. While I knew these birds would never officially join Cooper’s Flock, I felt I wanted to give my own loved ones a reminder of how precious life is. I started sewing them for my own family, and then C’s family and our nieces and nephews and soon it grew into a tiny flock of birds for friends as well. My hope is that every year, when they hang them on their Christmas trees, they will be reminded of Cooper and treasure every moment they have with those they love.

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I saved enough material from each tiny “collection” of birds to make more in the new year to give Luc  for Cooper’s Flock. I braved the cold the hang these outside in a bare tree branch before wrapping them up and delivering them all. They’ve been living in the drawers of one of my dressers and I’m sad to part with them all, but I’m excited to know that soon they will be flying about the warm homes of those I love, a small reminder to us to hold those near to us a little tighter.

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So far, I’ve sewn 28 and still have a few more to go before the coming weekend. Back to sewing!

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4 Comments

  1. Posted December 20, 2009 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    lovely story rach! xx

  2. Posted December 21, 2009 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    Those are beautiful!

  3. Posted December 22, 2009 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    Rachel, these are so cute. Do you have a pattern for them? I’d love to make some for Lily!

  4. rachel
    Posted December 22, 2009 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    The bird pattern is from Joelle Hoverson’s book Last Minute
    Patchwork and Knitting Gifts. It’s very simple and easy!

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  1. By tree by night on December 18, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    [...] silk dupioni with velvet purple loops. they have tiny nests.  you can read the story of the birds here and find the pattern [...]

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