• 26 one-of-a-kind projects, from artistic to folksy to whimsical
• The variety of materials and embellishments is sure to inspire you to make every bird in the book
• These little sweeties make delightful gifts…and the perfect pets!
• Beginner-friendly projects work well with scraps, fat quarters, and upcycled fabrics
This adorable book is all about the birds! From budgies to owls to peacocks, these projects will pique your curiousity and make your heart sing! Many talented designers bring you soft sculptures, quilts, ornaments, and more.
Featuring contributions by designers Bari J. Ackerman, Amy Adams, Heidi Allred, Abigail Brown, Eleanor Bruce, Jamie Christina, Laura Clempson, Samantha Cotterill, Alicia Diane Durand, Nancy DeWeir Geaney, Lisa Fell, Melanie Hurlston, Robin Kinglsey, Kimberly Laws, Margaret Oomen, Anita Peluso, Sharon Smith, Jantze Tullett, Noor van Krimpen, Monika Wintermantel, Mika Yamamura
Review Quilter's Connection Magazine - June 1, 2010
“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.”
Review The Sewing Directory - July 12, 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."
Review Quick Quilts - October 1, 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.”
Review Australian Homespun - September 1, 2010
“A collection of 26 projects, each created by a different designer and spanning a number of different crafts, is almost invariably going to generate an array of responses. This book is an ensemble of craft projects that only have one thing in common - they all include a little bird (or two). Some are three-dimensional birds, life the one on the cover, while others incorporate bird motifs printed on fabric, or embroidered or appliquéd. Some of the birds aim for realism, others are stylized motifs. Of course, this book isn't really about birds at all - it's simply an excuse for those of us who like playing with fabrics and thread to stretch our wings (pardon the pun) and make mobiles framed stitcheries, aprons, small quilts, cushions and the like. Most of the designers are Americans, with a scattering of Europeans and our own Melanie Hurlston, from Melly & me - whose contribution is the world's cutest penguin softie.”
Review The Appliqué Society - September 1, 2010
“Here is a new line of craft/sewing books that celebrates handmade fabric arts. Stash Books™ encourages the craft sewer to create beautiful authentic handmade projects in a time of mass production. Stash Books™ hope to inspire readers with contemporary designs, clear and simple instructions and beautiful photography. Two books I recommend from this series: City Quilts by Cherri House with features 12 graphic projects inspired by urban views. You will never look at a parking lot in the same way once you see the quilt Cherri designed based on a parking lot. Little Birds is a charming little book that offers 26 handmade projects featuring birds of all sorts. From wool to cotton dimensional birds, embroider and quilts. Look for these books and other Stash Books™ wherever books are sold.”
Review Sideoats & Scribbles Blog - August 31, 2010
"Have you ever been browsing at a bookstore and found a book that you just had to have? And then you were so inspired that you went straight home and made something right away? Well that’s what happened to me with the book Little Birds.
I want to make everything! But I started with this sweet birdhouse by Abigail Brown. I just love her style and am lucky enough to own a piece by her (a little fox — better not let him get to close to the birds, eh?) and I also have a framed series of her postcards hanging up in my sewing area.
Next I plan on making making Mildred the Dove by Samantha Cotterill — can’t wait! Mildred is hilarious — wait until you see. And then I have to make the birdie on the cover by Margaret Oomen. (sidenote: she is also the one who makes beautiful crochet sea urchin rocks. I want to make those too!) And THEN…!
Oh and! This book has a trailer! Who knew that books have trailers? I sure didn’t. But now you can browse it with me. Just don’t yell at me if you want to run right out and buy it and then start sewing, ha ha!"
Review LIbrary Journal - September 16, 2010
"Unlike most collections, which concentrate on a particular craft, this collection, the first in Stash's new "Design Collective" series, focuses on a theme: birds. The styles vary from folk-art embroidery, to realistic stuffed toys, to colorful quilts and wall hangings. Most of the projects are small, sweet, and suitable for beginners. They aren't children's toys as much as trinkets you might display on a mantel or with a whimsical collection of objets d'art. Each project includes a brief designer bio and contact information, including a website, so crafters can further investigate artists whose aesthetic they enjoy."
Review By: Christina Lane, - September 17, 2010
"Each pattern inside of this book is made by a different contributor and the projects offer all sorts of crafts to try out – quilting, embroidery, sewing, bird figurines, bags and bird houses. There is so much in this little book! And I want to make just about everything. What I especially love about these series of books, is the fact that there is a little author bio and photo, complete with blog/Etsy shop links, right on the first page of the pattern. There are 26 projects to keep you busy. It is so unlike any craft book you will have come across in the bookstores lately. No matter what your crafty vice, there is something in here for you. There are projects for all skill levels and interests and you will never find yourself bored with this book on your shelf."
Review By: Tina Wilson, Small Town Living Blog - October 4, 2010
"Wanting unique, fun, and absolutely adorable gift ideas for the bird lover in your life? Have a room that you'd like to decorate in a bird theme or to add a bit of a garden look to?
The book "Little Birds; 26 Handmade Projects to Sew, Stitch, Quilt & Love" (Stash Books 2010/an imprint of C&T Publishing) is just the ticket you are looking for. You will be drawn into the pages of this little book that includes 26 unique one-of-a kind projects suitable for all skill levels.
You'll find terrific ideas for using up your fabric scraps and yarn and other easy to find items. "Little Birds; 26 Handmade Projects to Sew, Stitch, Quilt & Love" includes the designs of a group of talented artists who have each shared one of their most loved bird themed projects.
The book includes wonderful ideas for such things as a Stork with Heart Mobile(perfect as a baby shower gift for the expectant mom), a Fancy Peacock (I have got to make this one to add to my peacock collection! It is absolutely adorable!),an embroidered Tweet Birds Apron, Edward the Owl (he's so dashingly handsome with his cute bow tie and coat with tails), and Mildred the Dove with her Baguettes (she stole my heart right away.such an adorable little birdy with her red felt bag of baguettes and her bright yellow jacket),and a colorful Birds on a Wire mini quilt,a Wreath with a Bird (very colorful and cheery spring colors in the wreath,perfect for a garden themed room or sunny porch),and a Bird on a Branch Makeup Bag (your friends will be envious and will be sure to want one too)
Whatever projects you decide to start creating from this little book, be assured that you'll find yourself exclaiming with delight over all of the wonderful ideas. I know I did, and I am having a hard time deciding just what project I'll start with first.
Each of the projects include detailed instructions and you'll find the pattern templates at the back of the book. You'll also find the links to each of the artist's websites so that you can follow your favorite artist's work and see what other projects they are busy creating.
Not only will you have fun creating delightful little birds for yourself, and family and friends, but the book also makes a wonderful gift item for the crafter on your list."
Review Lady V dZine - December 7, 2010
"About Little Birds…
26 one-of-a-kind projects, from artistic to folksy to whimsical
The variety of materials and embellishments is sure to inspire you to make every bird in the book
These little sweeties make delightful gifts…and the perfect pets!
Beginner-friendly projects work well with scraps, fat quarters, and upcycled fabrics
This adorable book is all about the birds! From budgies to owls to peacocks, these projects will pique your curiosity and make your heart sing! Many talented designers bring
Can I just say my niece, who is very artsy/crafty is going to LOVE this book! While I got it for her, I like it so much, I just may have to get another copy!"
Review By: Janice Martell, - January 8, 2011
LOVE this book! I have bought so many books, only to find maybe one or two projects that are new/fresh and the rest are the same old-same old. There is nothing I don't like about this book. All of the projects are wonderful and doable. The directions are straightforward, materials are handy, and there bios about the creators with their website addresses if you want to see more of what they do. I started with the bird on the cover...the cover is what usually sucks us in, after all, isn't it? After tweaking a few things (like making the head a bit bigger and attaching the legs in a different way) I've made a half dozen of them. Each one has its own little personality. I can't wait to try the others. They all make me smile.