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

28. 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!

29. 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 you can put your new found Sashiko skills to use!

27. Mask Making 101

Learn the basics of machine sewing while making a double-sided fabric mask. This project is not only extremely useful it is also the perfect vehicle for practicing beginner machine skills that are needed to continue in your sewing journey. Multi-sized patterns and all notions needed to complete 2 masks are included in the kit. Bring at least one fat quarter (approx. 20” x 22”) of 100% cotton fabric to make your mask. If you would like a reversible mask (with a different colour on the other side) or to potentially make more than one during class, please bring additional fabric.

30. 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!

31. Learn to sew zippers!

Learn how to sew zippers while making a fun and incredibly useful project. You will gain zipper-sewing confidence and will leave able to design and sew your own zippered pouches! Bring two fat quarters (approx. 20” x 22”) of fabric, one will be used for the outside of the pouch and one for the lining. 100% cotton is easiest to work with but is not mandatory. All other materials are included in the kit.

Students who have their own sewing machines to learn on are encouraged to bring them to class. A few machines will be available in the studio for those who do not have their own.

26. 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 your new embroidery skills to use! No supplies required all materials are provided in the kit.