Bird picking cottage teal. Have you met them, that funny bird picking cottages from No Trace? They’re hand-felted birdhouses. Birds can nest in it or eat from it.
On top of the cottage is a handy pendant, made of rope or felt. In addition, there is extra wool on this. The birds use that as nesting material.
What is felting?
For centuries felt is made with the help of water, soap, heat and friction. Wool is a fiber that simply hooks together because of the scales. When these fibers slide along each other and the scales are aligned opposite, the scales will hook together and felt will form. This is called wet felting.
In dry felting or needle felting, a dry piece of wool is punctured with a needle with barbs. By pricking, the felt becomes ever denser and shapes and patterns can be made.
This bird picking cottage teal won’t last forever. This is because the birds, when they nest in them, leave bacteria in them. Or the cottage is literally consumed by the birds. They then pick out the wool to fill their own nest. Bird nests have already been spotted with cheerful colours of wool in them! 😉
We keep trying out new shapes and models of birdhouses. The assortment on our website therefore constantly changes. So come back to see what we offer to bird picking houses.
Wool is a natural material. We often buy it directly from a sheep