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

Follow on the blog tour


Love this eco-yarny birds nest to make with kids.

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thanks Jamie for sending in this adorable woodland birds tutorial.