Book: The Artful Bird {blog tour}

by kath_red on 02/03/2011

in Art+Design, Books

Today I am very excited to be a stop on Abby Glassenberg’s blog tour for her new book – The Artful Bird: Feathered Friends to Make and Sew [published by Interweave 2010].

I have long been a fan of Abby Glassenberg’s work, she makes the most amazing toys and soft sculptures from fabric. This amazing book she has written is incredibly thorough and breaks down the process of making fabric birds in a really accessible way. But today I thought I would showcase some of her amazing work – its not all featured in her latest book – but will give you some inspiration for your own work. I love her use of innovative materials – she uses a lot of recycled materials in her work, and has an amazing sense of colour and texture. In her book she does go into some detail on how to create different textures on the wings through the use of different fabrics as well as sewing techniques.

Patchworked owl

Crested bird – is made with clothing tags

Another amazing thing about Abby’s animals is her eyes – have you noticed their incredible eye details – in her book she goes to some lengths to showcase several eye designs

Hen and egg


Orange and blue bird

Abby is also really into texture – she is a master of manipulating fabric to create amazing wings and feather textures.

Rooster – feathers made with torn strips of fabric

Parrot – made with stuffed feathers and gorgeous bright colours

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kelly Rachel March 2, 2011 at 6:29 am

I too have long been a fan of Abby’s work. I first saw one of her larks in an issue of Stitch magazine about June ’09. I am following her current series on softie-making with much interest.


2 Brie March 2, 2011 at 7:27 am

The more I see of these birds the more impressed I am with the ingenuity!


3 rebecca March 2, 2011 at 8:43 am



4 Lisa March 2, 2011 at 10:58 am

Oooh… I’m not even a bird person and I like those birds very much! Will have to check out the book.


5 Gill Watson March 2, 2011 at 11:24 am

This looks a great book


6 SewLindaAnn March 2, 2011 at 1:31 pm

I cannot wait to get this book off my wish list and into my hands, the examples are amazing.


7 Colleen March 2, 2011 at 5:12 pm

I have been following the tour and just love these birds! thank you!


8 Siobhan March 2, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Wow ! They are great :)


9 Eleni March 3, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Ohhh they are really cute!!! I can’t pick which I like best!!! Gorgeous work!!


10 Baukje March 5, 2011 at 4:28 am

So super cute!!!!


11 windscreen replace scotland March 8, 2011 at 1:05 am

Totally amazing and unique work and different from the other handy craft works.


12 kath_red March 9, 2011 at 8:28 pm

I am so glad everyone loves these as much as I do – Abby is amazing!


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