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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 13 March 2019
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782216988
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 222x222 mm
  • Illustrations: 240
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: £9.99
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Folk Embroidered Felt Birds


20 modern folk art designs to make & embellish by Corinne Lapierre

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Book Description

20 beautiful folk embroidered felt birds to make and display.

Popular author Corinne Lapierre creates a charming range of 20 exquisite folk embroidered felt birds, including a swan, a hen, a goose, a partridge, an owl, a dove, a peacock and a flamingo. Beautifully made in lovely, soft colours, the birds are filled with toy stuffing and embellished with folk-style surface embroidery in different-coloured threads. The stitches include chain, feather, fly running, blanket, French knots and satin stitch. There are also bead and sequin embellishments on some birds.

The book includes pretty hand-drawn step-by-step illustrations and there are same-size templates at the back of the book for all the designs. The birds all have optional ribbon hangers for display.

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

About Corinne Lapierre

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



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You're guranteed to love Corinne Lapierre's latest book, Folk Embroidered Felt Birds! This read contains 20 flighty friends which you can whip up an afternoon, including swans, hens, flamingos, peacocks and many more. This book also has hand-drawn step-by-step illustrations and traceable templates to make embroidering these pretty birdies fuss-free.

Anybody who cut their sewing teeth on felt will enjoy this book; inside it are twenty folk art style birds to make up and display. If, like me you have loved working with felt since early childhood you will probably want to dive in but if you are new to it read the first section of the book before picking up a needle. This will tell you what type of felt to use (a mix of viscose and wool sold on the authors website) and how to work with it, do several embroidery stitches, sew up the patterns and make the wire legs and feet. When you have the basics sorted you can progress to the patterns. Each one features a page-sized photograph of the bird in a suitable setting, a list of materials, tools and templates and written instructions. These usually come with a simple diagram or two, but unless you are a total beginner you wont have problems making them up. The first section lays it all out very clearly with staged photographs, including some excellent ones for the embroidery stitches which are so good I wish there was a whole book of them! I think the family pet could learn how to embroider with thesethe birds themselves are mostly those familiar to UK residents including robin, blue tit, heron, swan, peacock, hen, goose, herring gull and owl. A few exotics are included such as a flamingo, toucan and parrot, and many are suitable for certain occasions such as Christmas (robin and dove) Easter (hen and goose) and new baby (stork). At the front is a handy double page spread showing all the birds for easy choice, and at the back are all the templates life size. No sewing machine is required for these projects, and all are ideal quick makes for somebody who knows a few basics but is not confident enough for larger projects including older children (be careful with that wire though). Anybody in more need of something easier can go to the authors website and buy kits of some of these birds as well as lots of other creatures and Christmas decorations.

Bundles of wool/viscose felt and kits are available from

SEW Region Magazine (June 2019)

The square format of this beautiful book makes it feel different and inside it is filled with the enthusiasm of the author for her felt birds.

There are twenty very attractive birds to make. Each of them a pleasing mix of well chosen felt colours and embroidery stitches.

Techniques and stitches used are illustrated with excellent photographs and easy to follow instructions. The hand drawn illustrations add a personal touch to the book. Full size templates are included for each project.

This is a book to make you smile. A clever use of simple embroidery stitches such as fly, seed, chain and French knots are used effectively to give each of the birds their individual characters.

I very much liked the proud peacock, a pheasant with attitude and the trendy flamingo.

Making felt birds is not my usual thing but I could be tempted by my favourite, the hen, whose comforting shape and embroidery really epitomises 'folk art'. 

Mary Corbet's Needle n Thread

 Time for a book review! And todays 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 theyre 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.

Its 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! Dont 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 theyre 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. Theres 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, appliqué, 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; its very precise and easy to follow.

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

And then the projects! For each project, youll 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, youll 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! Im pretty sure it will put a smile on your face!


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