‘A little Bird Told Me’.. Textile Birds – A Hand and Machine Stitch Workshop 2023


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.  Do email to be put on WL for next set of dates.


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 the head, beak and feet. You will have the afternoon to choose how to embellish your bird, choosing from yarns and feathers, silk throwsters waste, sari silk, velvet.  If you would like to handstitch 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

Skill Level:

Suitable for those confident with the sewing machine


10am – 4.30pm


26th and 27th May 2023


  • 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 – (I have some available)
  • 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
  • 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.


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