I've been listening to this theme song these days: His Eye is on the Sparrow. My plan is to make another tapestry bird, this time a female house sparrow. I've spun the colours I need: the two colours from my ryeland jacket, plus some dark brown ryeland wool donated by a friend for this project and a bit of yellowish white from my stash for a patch by the eye.
My starting point was the robin pattern but there are lots of shape differences that I'm incorporating: longer neck, shorter wings, thicker beak, different head shape. The pattern is evolving gradually. I'm going to try to apply the wires to the tail after weaving. I think I've found a good way to render the beak and leg colour with brown water tape.
Before I can begin to weave I still need to do some detailed sketches to observe the placement and shapes of the markings.