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This book features 26 projects involving birds from soft toy birds to embroidery involving birds in the design there is something for everyone. It incorporates techniques such as quilting and embroidery but the projects are suitable for beginners. Some of the birds are decorative and others, like the Bird on Branch Make Up bag or little birds quilt, are functional. Each project has the instructions broken down into a few different steps, from getting the necessary equipment together before you start to cutting the fabric and constructing the bird itself. What I love is that at the start of each project there is a little biography of the contributor along with links to their website/blog/shop so that you can find out more about them, or buy one of the birds if you don't want to make it yourself. At the back of the book you will find pattern pieces and a guide to the embroidery stitches used. (The Sewing Directory, july 12, 2010)

Quilters' favorite C&T Publishing has a new imprint, stash Books, which expands its titles to include general crafting topics. The Design Collectives book series showcases groups of new fabric-craft designers and their work, and this little volume is one of their cutest so far. With 26 avian-themed projects to make from your stash, it's a wonderful resource for gift-making. (Quick Quilts, 9/1/10)

The first in a series of titles called Design Collective, this book features designs by a group of clever and talented fabric artists from Canada and around the world who all share a love of cute little birds. Included are patterns for 26 hand-made projects to sew, stitch and quilt. (Quilter's Connection Magazine, June 1, 2010)

This book features 26 projects involving birds from soft toy birds to embroidery involving birds in the design there is something for everyone. The book incorporates techniques such as quilting and embroidery but the projects are suitable for beginners. Some of the birds are decorative and others, like the Bird on Branch Make Up bag or little birds quilt, are functional. Each project has the instructions broken down into a few different steps, from getting the necessary equipment together before you start to cutting the fabric and constructing the bird itself. What I love is that at the start of each project there is a little biography of the contributor along with links to their website/blog/shop so that you can find out more about them, or buy one of the birds if you don't want to make it yourself. At the back of the book you will find pattern pieces and a guide to the embroidery stitches used. (The Sewing Directory, july 12, 2010)

Quilters' favorite C&T Publishing has a new imprint, Stash Books, which expands its titles to include general crafting topics. The Design Collective book series showcases groups of new fabric-craft designers and their work, and this little volume is one of their cutest so far. With 26 avian-themed projects to make from your stash, it's a wonderful resource for gift-making. (Quick Quilts, October 1, 2010)

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Design Collective is an exciting new series of craft sewing books that showcase the work of a group of fresh, contemporary designers.
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Product Details

  • Series: Design Collective
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: C&T Publishing (June 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160705003X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607050032
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.3 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #644,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book contains a colorful flock of fun and folksy sewing projects with a contemporary edge. The projects are varied: mobiles and ornaments and stuffies and aprons and quilts and wreaths fill the pages. It was hard to pick which project to start with. So far, I've made the peacock and I have 5 other projects earmarked.

I do want to offer some warning. Even though it claims to be for beginners, this book isn't really for anyone who doesn't have basic sewing skills. There isn't always precise step-by-step instructions- I had to fiddle a bit with the peacock's beak and tail to make it work. Luckily, most of these projects don't require careful precision. I think some fiddling gives each piece its own character.

Quite a few of the projects use embroidery for the finishing touches. There is a very basic guide to embroidery stitches in the back of the book but I think you would fare better if you hone your skills before tackling the projects that depend on your ability to do this well. Ditto for the quilts. I've never made a quilt and I would only feel comfortable attempting one from this book if I had some basic quilting skills already.

For somebody with strong sewing skills this book is 5 star. But, despite my intermediate-beginner status, I found enough projects in here to feel that the book was worth the purchase price.
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I made the little bird on the cover and it is really cool. I changed the eyes by using plastic animal eyes and felt for lids. The instructions for the legs didn't work, so I had to figure it out on my own. Lots of variety in the patterns; I plan to make several other items from the book.
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Can't wait to start making these little guys - maybe not all of them, but I consider each of them a prototype to encourage and spark creativity. Very clever, each is very different from the others (from embroidery to a journal cover, purse, etc.) and requires a minimum skill set. Birds are always 'in' and these cuties will be in demand by friends and family.
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I love birds and this book has adorable bird-theme projects from toys to home decor to more functional items such as an applique and embroidery makeup bag. The 26 craft artists who have contributed to this book have come up with fun and beautiful designs any bird lover will enjoy, whether making them or receiving them as a gift.

The projects use different needle arts including embroidery, quilting, applique, knitting, and sewing. There are bird toys, Christmas ornaments, quilts, wreaths, and even a journal cover. I found several that I would like to make for tree ornaments this year.

At the beginning of each project the reader is introduced to the artist and information is given for their websites if they have one. Complete patterns and templates are given for all the projects at the end of the book, along with instructions for embroidery stitches. Some projects are a little more involved than others but the instructions are well written so even a novice craftsperson will not be intimidated.
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I was in a little birdie frame of mind when I found this cute book. I wanted to make birds for various projects and really liked several of the patterns. There are fat little birds, skinny little birds, birds that are flying and birds that are nesting. Many are stuffed projects, but there are embroidery projects, apron projects and a few other ideas as well. If you like birds, this book won't be a disappointment. I wouldn't recommend this as a first craft book for a brand new sewist however. You do need basic sewing skills and some prior crafting experience to understand it well.
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By bree on August 5, 2012
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Ive only got about half way through the peacock design but I love it! It has more embroidery ideas than I thought. (About half stuffed animals half embroidery and quilting) so I was a little disappointed but as soon as I have the money for an embroidery machine I'm gonna give it a go! Also, every design is in the back of the book however they tell you to enlarge by 200%. I found that useless considering it should be full sized already to match the dimensions they specify on each project. So I free handed and it turned out pretty darn well so not that big of a deal. But if you find it hard to get to a computer to scan then enlarge then print which I did, and can't free hand the patterns to match this may be a problem for those of you who don't have either of those options.
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Very happy with this book and the seller. Shipped immediately to me. Book has several examples and patterns that are easy to understand and use. Patterns need to be copied on a copier FYI. Very cute little hand sewing projects.
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By Laura on September 19, 2011
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I expected an inspiring project/idea book for intermediate crafters and the item delivered!! Great as a starting point to get your creative juices flowing and come up with your own ideas or even to just do the projects as is and be assured you will get many compliments on them. I give it four stars as it is. My only criticism is that it is not a book for absolute beginner crafters as it suggests. For example, I have never quilted before and felt as though I should read a bit about quilting methods before tackling the quilts in the book. So, if you are a beginner and don't mind supplementing the book by doing a bit of research yourself on sewing, quilting, etc. or if you are an experienced crafter, then I think you will find value in it. However, expert crafters would probably find this book too basic for their needs. Don't let my four star review make you hesitate about this book, it really is effective for projects/ideas, I just don't personally give 5 stars to a craft book unless it gives you directions from start to finish for those of us new to the world of crafting.Little Birds: 26 Handmade Projects to Sew, Stitch, Quilt & Love (Design Collective)
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