The Hairy Mary

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Catching in the rib before tying in the tail helps to build up the body to the same height as the tag. This is more important with crest feathers as they will not lie correctly on an uneven bed. You should discover that there is a step between the tag and the body which should be evened out as much as possible before tying in the crest.
Catch in the crest overly long as shown.
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As shown above tie in the feather on the long side. Wind on a few turns of thread then pull the feather through gradually lining it up as you go. This takes some practice but helps align a difficult feather.
Bind down and trim off as shown leaving a big enough space for the head. You head will be much neater if you keep materials out of the head area right from the outset. 
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Catch in a piece of black floss for the body.
Bind down and trim off the loose end, you should now have something like the picture on the right with the tinsel and floss hanging loose.
Note: the head area
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Body tip: Taper off the last two or three turns of body floss will help when adding the hackles and wings.

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