‘A little Bird Told Me’.. Textile Birds *2025


A fun two days producing a completely original textile bird..can be as fantastical as you wish or bring along a couple of pictures of the bird you wish to emulate – if you want a more realistic garden bird. October 2025 dates now available.


These textile birds have developed from a workshop with textile group; Found The Thread, and they produced such fabulous birds I am now offering it as a more structured two day workshop. The first day will be spent on the body of your bird, including painting the head, beak and feet. You will have the afternoon to choose how to embellish your bird, choosing from yarns and feathers, commercial cotton, sari silk, velvet.  If you would like to hand stitch into the head you will need to clear your diary that evening to work on him/her at home before the second day.

The second day will be spent on the assembly – how to attach all your fabrics so your bird takes on a life of its own.  I will show you how to use decorative lace and Tyvek and sheers to great effect creating wings and plumage but each bird will be very much your own, depending on the materials and techniques you decide to use.

Basic machine sewing skills required for creating the body.

Please see the requirements tab for what you will need to gather for both days.

Additional information


3rd and 4th July 2025, 17th and 18th October




  • Machine with table
  • biro
  • white cotton machine thread
  • normal presser foot
  • Guttermann textile glue
  • feathers, decorative yarns, sari silk, sari yarn, velvet scraps, quilting cottons with small prints,  hand dyed string/cord, beads, sequins in your chosen colours
  • Basic sewing kit
  • A Koh i nor ink palette – (Amazon)
  • Small selection of metallic paints if you have some and fine brush for detail.
  • DMC or Anchor hand embroidery threads.
  •  long chenille needle.
  •  small hand needle.
  • Stuffing tool – ie chopstick
  • Pliers for cutting wire
  • Travelling iron & mat – if you have one.
  • Materials provided: Pattern, card, wire, stuffing, yarns, feathers, wools, sheers, iron on vilene, Calico/ linen, metallic leatherette. florestry tape
  • Plse bring £8 to cover materials.

Skill Level:

Participants need to be confident using the normal presser foot on the sewing machine


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