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

5.00 out of 5
8 customer reviews


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. New 2021 dates published soon.


These textile birds have developed from a workshop with textile group; Lost The Thread, and they produced such beauties I have finally got my head round how I want to teach it as a more structured two day workshop. The first day will be spent on the body of your bird, including the beak and feet. You will have the week in-between the two days to get started on the embellishment, choosing from yarns and feathers, silk throwsters waste, sari silk, velvet. The second day will be spent on the assembly and painted detail, and the finer details including the tail feathers and beading.  I will show you how to use the soldering iron and Texture Magic 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.

Additional information



Skill Level:

Suitable for those confident with the sewing machine and experienced with free motion embroidery.


16th February 2022 and 23rd February 2022, 17th February and 24th February 2022


  • Machine with ext table
  • pen
  • machine threads
  • free motion foot, normal presser foot
  • Guttermann textile glue
  • polyester stuffing
  • 40cm by 40cm linen/calico/ for base
  • feathers, decorative yarns, sari silk, sari yarn, hand dyed string/cord, beads, sequins in your chosen colours (Franklins Colchester have an excellent selection)
  • Small selection of lumiere paint if you have some and fine brush for detail.
  • Mercerised cotton (Stef Francis have a good selection online) and long chenille needle. DMC and Anchor are also good.
  • nylon thread and small hand needle.
  • Stuffing tool – ie chopstick
  • Floristry tape would be useful
  • Picture of your garden bird if you wish it to be more realistic.
  • Materials provided: Pattern, card, wire, yarns, feathers, wools, sheers, iron on vilene,  texture magic. Selection of beads and sequins, Calico/ linen, metallic leatherette.
  • Plse bring £8 to cover materials.

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

  1. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Baker

    Wow what a great workshop. I had a great time making my bird, I didn’t want to stop for lunch! I will be making more. Thanks Alex for sharing your creativity with me.

    • Alex

      Thank you so much Debbie – it was so good to be able to work with you again in person!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Juliet (verified owner)

    Loved doing this workshop! Nice relaxed atmosphere, we were shown all the techniques needed to complete our little birds. Really pleased with the end result and will definitely make a companion for my little friend. Highly recommended for all abilities.

    • Alex

      Thank you so much for taking the time to review Juliet x

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tracey Nixon

    Enjoyed this workshop. Love my bird so much that I’ve started another 3. Would recommend this as it is so much fun

    • Alex

      I loved working with you again! Hopefully see again very soon! x

  4. 5 out of 5

    linda.stockbridge (verified owner)

    Had an absolutely fabulous 2 days on this workshop. Alex is so encouraging and generous with her gorgeous stash of fabrics and feathers. Every bird produced was stunning! Am definitely going to make more.

    • Alex

      Have just seen this! Thank you Linda. Fab-u-loos Birdie!

  5. 5 out of 5

    linda.stockbridge (verified owner)

    What a fabulous two days, thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Alex is so encouraging and generous with both her ideas and her gorgeous stash of fabrics and feathers. All the birds were fantastic, I will certainly be making more.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Jones (verified owner)

    What a fun couple of days! Fabric, stitch and feathers all crafted together to produce a unique bird. I’m so pleased Alex has developed this workshop, it isn’t a ‘difficult’ project and is almost completed in the 2 days. I’m definitely going to make another!

    • Alex

      Almost!! Thank you Jen.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Noreen Dyer

    Really enjoyable and creative 2 days helped by beautiful fabrics to work with and copious supplies of coffee and biscuits!

    • Alex

      Thank you Noreen. I loved seeing you again x

  8. 5 out of 5

    sheila.brighten (verified owner)

    What an incredible workshop. Thanks Alex for being both inspiring and patient. I’m on cloud 9 with my resulting bird.

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