Inspired by watching the birds that we feed over the colder months, I have created a new piece of art in my "Simple Pleasures" series. Its a bit different from my usual pieces as I found the only way I could recreate the colours of the birds was using straight stitch. Each bird is created from hand printed fabric paper that I made & then stitched into. The background is created using sponged dye over cotton fabric.

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This month, I have also had a lovely day delivering a bespoke art enrichment day with Y3's over in Audenshaw this week. We designed a textile bird, created hand made felt and then spent a messy afternoon, happily cutting, stitching, twisting, threading and choosing from an array of coloured felt, buttons, beads and wire.

Its always great to get positive feedback, this week, whispered from a young designer maker.... "I think this is the bestest lesson I've ever had!"

Praise indeed!

These are some of the fantastic designs & completed "crazy birds".

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