I haven’t done a giveaway in a while, but recent wintry temperatures and a desire to see spring soon reminds me of birds, so that’s what the giveaway will be about this time: Abigail Patner Glassenberg’s The Artful Bird: Feathered Friends to Make and Sew.

Book Cover

Abigail writes about the basic construction techniques for making your own 3-D bird sculptures from nothing more than cotton fabrics, wool stuffing, interfacing, fusible web, batting, floral tape and wire. She breaks down the components of creating a bird into the body parts, head, wings and tail, beaks and eyes. When you have learned the basics of assembly, you can produce your own designs. You can also re-create one of Abigail’s designs; she includes 40 of her projects in the book.

Anatomy of a Bird
Anatomy of a Bird

All of Abigail’s birds are designed to stand up on their own. One of my favorites is the lark below.


The woodpecker shown below reminds me of the little guy that wakes me most mornings as he bores into one of the tree trunks in the woods behind my house.


Part of the fun of designing your own birds is decorating the wings. You can overlay lace, smock fabric, embellish with ribbon, cut up book pages, glue down seed beads, use free-motion embroidery, glue down rhinestones, use acrylic paints, or even sew on fabric yo-yos. The wings are a mixed media artist’s canvas, so use your imagination—your bird doesn’t have to be realistic!

Surface Design Techniques for Wings

To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is tell me what your favorite bird is in the comments below. A week from now (or later, if the minimum number of 5 entries is not reached), I will select a recipient randomly using True Random Number Generator. Good luck!

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7 thoughts on “Book giveaway: The Artful Bird”

  1. I love the bird on the cover…but my favourite all time bird has to be the robin…well, it would be, I’m married to one lol.

  2. My favorite bird is the great blue heron which seems to appear whenever there is a big change in my life. I also love the song of the shama thrush here in Hawaii. Aloha!

  3. Wow! What creative birds. I don’t know about my favorite bird, but my favorite page is the one with all the wing textures.

  4. I like geese the best, if I had to choose. I love the noise they make, when they fly over! Looks like a neat book – maybe I could try my hand at making some of those birds! {:-Deb

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