Wednesday, February 24, 2016


Hi All,
Well, it's that time of year again -- time to get started on the "TREASURES OF THE GYPSY" CHALLENGE.

This year's theme is, "ONCE UPON A TIME....PAST, PRESENT, & FUTURE"

The details of the challenge are printed at the end of this post.

So, I researched many fairy tales & folk stories before I found the perfect one for me: "THE FIRE BIRD".  The Fire Bird is an old Russian folk tale (which has been made into a popular ballet).

After more research, I found that, design-wise, there isn't much difference between a Fire Bird and a Phoenix Bird. (I think it's the same bird, just different cultures).
Here are some photos:

I'll probably add some more bead embroidery, when I have time.

Something else I found in my research is that both the Fire Bird & Phoenix usually have peacock-like tail feathers.

So, now that I've made the pattern, I would like to make another one as a Peacock. Then, in the future, I will publish the pattern.


Pamela Armas (aka Gypsy Pamela) is the owner of a store called "Treasures of the Gypsy", which sells exotic fabrics, trims, beads, ribbon, and little bits of everything, (mostly imported from India and other parts of Eastern Europe). She & her husband have a large vendor booth and travel to all the major sewing & quilting conventions across the country.

Every year, Pamela hosts a challenge for the Houston Quilt Festival (which is in Houston, Texas at the end of October). 1st, 2nd, & 3rd prize are gift certificates for fabric & trim from Treasures of the Gypsy. And, your doll will be published in a doll magazine.

To enter the challenge, send Pamela a check for $20. She sends you a small bag of her "treasures"-- a few pieces of fabrics, trims, and some beads or appliques. Plus, she will send you all the details of the challenge.

Dolls are due by mid- September. Your doll can be part of the theme, or not. You may use any medium you like - cloth or clay. There is no size requirement. The only requirement is that you use as much of the Gypsy's Treasures as you can on your doll. (You can even buy MORE and add it to the doll, as well!!)

Make $20 check payable to: PAMELA ARMAS.
Send it to: Pamela Armas, PO Box 748, Mountainair, NM 87036

Questions? You can email Pamela at: gypsytreasures@cs.com

Gypsy Treasures is on facebook:  www.facebook.com/Treasures-of-the-Gypsy


12Create said...

What a fabulous challenge and I love your fire bird. I have always loved phoenixes. I would love to be able to make something like that.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Great bird. I've seen projects for this challenge in the past. I'll be watching for this pattern. My mind is already designing my version. I absolutely love this bird.

Arley said...

Thanks for your comments, ladies. I am glad you like this design - it came together pretty fast. I hope to have the pattern out in a few months.

Northbrook Designs said...

What a beautiful bird Arley. I think whatever else you do to it, will only enhance it. I'm happy to hear that it will be a pattern. I can picture it hanging from my workroom ceiling... Fabulous

Arley said...

Thanks Romona!