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Virtual Holiday Craft Workshop – Making Felt Birds

December 16, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

| Free – $10

Want to create a handmade gift for the bird lover in your life? Need a fun project for the whole family this holiday season? Learn how to create a bird out of felt! We will provide you with a materials list and the pattern when you register so you can pre-cut your materials and be ready to assemble when we meet over Zoom. The birds can be hand-stitched or sewn on a sewing machine. There will be some hand stitching whichever method you use.

We will be using the wren pattern because it is Martha’s favorite bird; by changing the tail shape, you can easily approximate your own favorite. If you have the material pre-cut, we can jump right in. If not, don’t worry! We’ll go through all the steps and you can catch up, or finish after our time together.

Though we will focus on making felt or fabric birds, we will offer paper and cardboard alternatives for those who prefer not to sew. Any of these materials can be customized and decorated in any way you want.

Before you know it, you will have your own flock of avum festivius marthiliius!

Questions? Contact Sirena Lao at

Martha Castillo is an abstract printmaker and painter. Her artwork can be seen at Gallery House at 320 S California Ave, Palo Alto, now a ‘touchless’ gallery. Martha has also been volunteering at Coyote Creek Field Station for about 14 years. Never a morning person, she was initially ‘dragged’ there by her husband, Tom Stewart, who had been banding for about 5 years. His excuse for making her get up before the crack of dawn was that they really needed a predator control, and the bribe was pancake breakfast afterwards.  It worked!

 She also loves knitting, sewing, and coming up with creative solutions for interesting problems. The felt bird project arose when she and Tom began leading bird banding demos at CCFS. Everything was fine when there were birds in the nets, but doing a demo without birds is much harder! She realized that model birds were the answer. She wanted something easy to make, and which could be constructed to approximate real bird sizes and weights. But being an artist who loves color, the birds had to be colorful too. And hey-presto, the felt birds were born!


December 16, 2020
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Free – $10


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