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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Materials & tools 8
Techniques 10
Embroidery stitches 17
Projects 24
Robin 26
Blue Tit 30
Goldfinch 34
Chaffinch 36
Swan 38
Hen 42
Pigeon 46
Goose 48
Flamingo 50
Peacock 54
Owl 58
Pheasant 60
Thrush 64
Dove 66
Stork 68
Parrot 72
Heron 76
Toucan 78
Puffin 80
Seagull 84
Templates 88

About the Author

Corinne Lapierre developed a passion for crafts and textiles from a very young age, and has always had an avid desire to learn about traditional techniques such as weaving, dyeing, silk painting and embroidery. She studied Fine Art in France before moving to the UK to study Fashion Design in Manchester. After working as a fashion designer for a few years, Corinne studied millinery, through which she discovered felt and its many qualities. In 2009 Corinne started her own craft business as a felt maker and quickly realized there was a demand for craft kits using good-quality, natural materials. Her company, based in an old Baptist school in Leeds, UK, sells an expanding range of craft kits and patterns designed for adults and children. Corinne makes regular appearances on Create & Craft TV and lives in Yorkshire with her three children and two cats. Visit her website www.corinnelapierre.com.

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Time for a book review! And today's book review is all about fun!

Folk Embroidered Felt Birds is a new book packed full of - you guessed it! - folk embroidered felt birds!

And they're delightful! If you love birds (I love birds) and you like the look of folk embroidery, and you like working with felt to make three dimensional objects, then you need to add this book to your library.

It's one of those books that just makes me happy when I flip through it.

Folk Embroidered Felt Birds is a project book. The projects are small, three-dimensional birds made from felt, stuffed and embroidered.

The cover is the seller for me. I know, I know! Don't judge a book by its cover and all that. But really - a flamingo AND a puffin? With those legs? And those feet?

I see this book being perfect for those who like to make. The birds are perfect for whimsical ornaments and delightful gifts. What a great way to pass on a bit of cheer to a friend on a birthday - or out of the blue for no reason at all!

The book features a fairly vast array of projects focusing on twenty different types of birds, which are all recognizable. From the humble robin, to the pheasant and flamingo, the parrot, the toucan, the gentle dove and the flamboyant peacock, the gangly stork, the majestic swan, the hen, the goose, the owl, the gull and goldfinch - they're all there, waiting for you to bring them to life!

Like any good project book, Folk Embroidered Felt Birds begins with a section on materials. There's nothing too out of the ordinary here - felt (the author recommends a wool / viscose blend); embroidery floss; wire (for legs), filling, ribbon, sequins, wire tape, and other very regular stuff.

From materials and tools, we move into techniques: transferring the template designs to felt, to sewing, filling, stuffing, making legs and feet, applique, and all the techniques necessary for creating a three dimensional bird.

Every aspect of instruction is presented in very clear, step-by-step photos with text. The text is succinct quite minimal; it's very precise and easy to follow.

And of course, there's a selection of embroidery stitch instructions with step-by-step photos as well.

And then - the projects! For each project, you'll find a list of tools and supplies required to make the bird, along with a list of the templates to use from the back of the book. The templates in the back of the book are clean line drawings of the different bird parts, that you trace and cut out for patterns. Along with the materials and templates lists, you'll find a page of instructions that take you through constructing the bird, referring to the techniques covered at the beginning of the book.

The projects in the book are all darling! And the instructions are excellent and very accessible. If you enjoy making things and you like birds, folk art, and felt, this book would be right up your alley! I'm pretty sure it will put a smile on your face!

See the full review here.

-- Mary Corbet * Mary Corbet's Needle n Thread *

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