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Little Birds: 26 Handmade Projects to Sew, Stitch, Quilt & Love (Design Collective) Paperback – June 16, 2010
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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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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.
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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Was a present for my Mum - she loved it, and made many of the birds.Published 6 months ago by CB121
I found it a bit too simple for me but have been sewing and making for yearsPublished 16 months ago by feyfaye
Can't wait to make some of these birds. They will be so much fun and perfect for gifts.