Fran’s wall hanging

I made a wall hanging for my friend who, like me, was reaching a respectable age of 50. I remembered a kit I had bought many years ago called “Psycho Chickens” and decided that it was perfect. If you follow my friends blog you will know the trials and tribulations she has gone through with her chooks :).

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The pattern for the two types of chickens

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Sorry it’s sideways?? Thanks Donna Warren for your excellent design


I was feeling a bit excited to be using more than the straight stitch on my shiny new sewing machine, as the wall hanging required some applique.

After washing and cutting the necessary bits into the necessary sizes I began my new project.

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Material’s washed

50th birthday projects 002  Putting the background together was the easy bit. Yikes it turned out to be quite large in the end. 

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I love this chook wire material

Next was to sort out which bits to put with the chook material. The feet and wings were pretty obvious, but the giblets and coxcombs were not so easy. The down side to a kit is you don’t necessarily like all the choices, but I think, in the end, it turned out ok.

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One of the chook combos. this is when it had been vlisofixed on but not embellished

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Version number 2 of the chooks

Then came the fun part! What stitch to use on the chooks. I spent a bit of time using a rectangular piece of material that had the wadding and backing on too. I use it to do samples of the stitches, taking note of which one and if I adjusted the size etc. Once I had picked the stitches I wanted to use, it was then time to get going.


These are the 4 chooks ready to be appliqued

I had a great time doing the applique stitches on my machine. It purred along nicely and I learnt alot about some of the functions on it. I love the button that does a few stitches at the start and end of your work, also the scissor button that pulls the threads to the back and cuts them. I was not sure what to do in the borders but decided on a stitch that looked like chickens walking. Well that’s my story and I’m sticking to it! I decided to cross hatch the outer boarders, and that is when I discovered how rusty my sewing skills had become… after unpicking one of the borders, I hate unpicking :(, I was happy with the results and put the binding on.

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Another chooky version

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Last of the chooky versions

Finially it was ready to wrap. Only one day before I flew out, phwew! I’m glad to say that Fran seemed to like it and it looks wonderful on her loungeroom wall. I’m a little biased but hey it’s my blog lol


The wall hanging in situ 🙂

Happy birthday Fran, it was a labour of love x

6 thoughts on “Fran’s wall hanging

  1. And it IS loved :). You know what? I reckon those sideways chooks would be the best kind…easier to catch! ;). We just collected 2 3/4 dozen eggs from our madly laying girls…pity we can’t send you eggs as we have 8 1/4 dozen sitting in our fridge at the moment and I think the boys are going to get a dozen each today! ;). Tell Bruce that eggs and bacon are the go for breakfast here on Serendipity Farm EVERY DAY! ;). I still can’t get over how talented you are Kymmy. This quilt is gorgeous and the more I look at it, the cleverer I think you are :). I have been looking at making a crochet quilt (till I get my machine) and there are some amazing quilts on Pinterest using simple squares. I will have my quilt one way or other (unless Earl decides otherwise 😉 )

  2. Be careful Fran, Bruce might want to stay lol. Crazy chooks, all or nothing eh. I’m quite interested in those rugs that were knitted, very clever. I haven’t looked at Pinterest yet, might get too addicted ahhhh. x

      • Yeah, I have a few random chicken things floating around. Due to the fact I have no space for knick knacks I have had to pass most of them on but I do have a few special ones around. One of my favourites is a blue chicken bowl in which I keep our matches which my mum bought me from a lady who imports them from Poland. It’s a rather posh little hen. My absolute favourite though is the fluffy black silkie hen sitting on 4 duck and 1 hens egg in my chook house though.
        I’d love to see some photos of your ceramic hens house. 🙂

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