Ruffler Foot Made Sew Easy It's Hands Free!

If you've ever used a ruffler foot you will know you need to guide your fabric carefully.

I've been making a Victorian Gown. That means lots of ruffley goodness. I have about 150 meters of ribbon I'm using on this project most of which I've been pleating using my sewing machines ruffler foot. 
Carefully guiding that much yardage through would drive me insane!

I needed a way to make it easy and fast without needing a lot of concentration.

I needed to automate guiding that ribbon through.

It's so easy and simple and effective I can't believe I didn't think of this earlier.

Black Shouldered Kite

Black Shouldered Kite

Australian Black Shouldered Kite 

We went shooting last week and I managed to get my first shots of this lovely raptor. I could wish for sharper results but considering I was using the 55mm-250mm zoom lens, and he was maybe 50 meters away up a tall tree, I'm pretty happy with how they've turned out.

This small raptor at 35–38 cm (14–15 in) it is quite a stunner with ruby-red eyeballs.

Black Shouldered Kite blinking with his nictitating membrane

The greyness of the eyes in the above shot is from the nictitating membrane, a third eyelid (there's the top and bottom eyelids and this one is from the side) which is a bit transparent so they can still see when they need to blink.

Black Shouldered Kite rotating it's head

The Black Shouldered Kite can turn his head around quite a way without moving it's body, in the above shot we see the back of the head edge of the left eye can just be seen. 

Black Shouldered Kite taking a good look at the photographers

I'll be keeping an eye out for for an opportunity to capture a hunting shot in the future as their hovering ability is pretty amazing.

Black Shouldered Kite perched in a tree

Australian Black Shouldered Kite

Comments

  1. Aren't they glorious birds? Just so beautiful and majestic.

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    1. They are just incredible to watch.

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  2. Beautiful bird, I love that stare in it's eye

    Thank you for linking up

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    1. It's a rather penetrating stare.

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  3. So beautiful, there eyes are so captivating, Clio lending a helping hand for Coombe Mill

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    1. I'll be trying for a better eye-shot next time, the ruby red is just fabulous.

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  4. What a totally beautiful bird - he looks so proud sitting up there.

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    1. He certainly doesn't seem to be worried about being exposed. All the other birds are hiding in foliage.

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  5. Stella, I love your bird photography, well, all of your photography, really!
    You captured his personality and beauty, yet fierceness!

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    1. He does have a fierceness to him doesn't he?

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  6. He looks so proud and lovely stance! You have an awesome lens and the photos are good! I saw some seagulls of different kind this morning and I only have nifty fifty so I need to go near but they fly away when I do. I wish I have a a lens like yours =) #MySundayPhoto

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    1. My very first bird shot ever was with a nifty fifty, a magpie on the ground quite close to me. I wish my zoom took shots equally as beautiful, but most birds won't come that close. I use the 55mm-250mm cannon for most of my bird shots. It falls shorter then I would like but it's also light and lets me reach treetops that are close by.

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  7. Beautiful bird. I really need to get a lens to help in my photos. Yours are really great images.

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    1. Finding the right lens really does make a difference.

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  8. What a wonderful creature! I love these shots.

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    1. They are just stunning, I wish I could get closer.

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