Little Birds: 26 Handmade Projects to Sew, Stitch, Quilt & Love (Design Collective) Published by Stash books, C&T Publishing (June 16, 2010).
awwww, having seen this book around the blogs I was intrigued – especially as I hadn’t heard of this publisher before either – turns out Stash is an offshoot of traditional quilt publishers C&T Publishing – who have seen a need in the craft blog world and filled it with fun and folksy and simpler projects suitable for beginners/intermediate crafters who are younger than their usual readers. So about this book – its a collective of designers who have each contributed a bird project – great simple and sweet idea – I thought it might be too much – all those birds – not much variety – but turns out I was wrong – with as many bird designs as materials and techniques – there is lots in this book to love.
How about a peacock or a stork made from recycled sweaters, with hand stitched vintage fabric elements (design by Amy Adams), or a very dapper looking owl (image above) made from tweed and tapestry fabric (design by Eleanor Bruce), I particularly loved Mildred the dove (image above), with her little felt bag full of baguettes, she is made from felt and her adorable face is embroidered (design by Samantha Cotterill). As well as little softies like these three mentioned, there are also a selection of embroidery designs, quilts, pillows and even a clutch purse. All the templates are included in the back of the book (they do require enlarging on a photocopier), so there is much here to enable you to mix and match your designs and create your own little bird.