Linnet Finley

With a fine artist’s sense of colour, a problem-solver’s sense of design, and a tree-hugger’s commitment to sustainability, Linnet Finley of Linnet Bird Designs offers soft, colourful, innovative products for kids, simple yet ingenious patterns for makers, and patient, joyful, empowering classes for those who want to develop their own sewing and handwork practice. Finley comes from a long line of textile artists and handworkers, and though she flirted with musical theatre, and detoured into environmental studies, she has arrived at a way to marry all her loves into one. Linnet Bird Designs is for those who prioritize locally handmade goods, and who look for a thoughtful approach to making.

Current / Upcoming Courses

41. Counted-Stitch Embroidery

Join me for a modern take on two ancient embroidery techniques, cross-stitch and blackwork.  We will cover the basic stitches and techniques for both and then focus on contemporary design applications. You will leave class having your own custom designed project to stitch and enjoy!

40. Introduction to Sashiko Embroidery

Spend a relaxed afternoon learning this beautiful and meditative form of Japanese embroidery. We will cover two styles of Sashiko (Moyouzashi and Hitomezashi) and also talk about some of the history behind this traditional craft. The sashiko kit provided will include instructions to complete either an envelope pillow or book cover sampler so that you can put your new found Sashiko skills to use!

38. Surface Embroidery 1

Learn 8-10 of the most useful and beautiful surface embroidery stitches in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. See for yourself how enjoyable and meditative slow-stitching can be! We’ll cover all the basics in class and you will leave with suggestions of ways to put all of your new embroidery skills to use! No supplies required all materials are provided in the kit.

39. Surface Embroidery 2

Take your embroidery to the next level with another 8-10 stitches. This class will focus on slightly more complicated stitches and stitch variations. You will learn more about creating and transferring your own embroidery designs and leave inspired to keep stitching!

42. Amazing Embellishments

In this class we will combine embroidery, felt appliqué, and beading to create one of a kind decorative patches. We will learn the basics of felt appliqué, a collection of relevant embroidery stitches with the techniques for adding beadwork into that embroidery. The skills acquired will enable you to make custom felt appliqué art pieces and add beautiful accents to any item you choose.