Needle Felted Birds by Melanie Ann Green

Category: Felt Making

MAKE 100: Needle Felted Birds on Kickstarter

Hello again!

It’s been quite a while since I last posted here, my plan to have a bird a day month every year was sidelined last year by events beyond my control but this year I am back with a brand new, ambitious project.

kickstarter bannerI’m taking part in Kickstarter’s Make 100 project to bring 100 unique birds into the world in the style of the original bird a day project. I’ll be posting the birds here as I make them, so please check out the project page on kickstarter.

I can’t wait to get started!




Blue Tit Giveaway

I’ve been a busy little bird over at the Felt Shack, Printing blue tits on notebooks and prints on vintage music paper. My facebook page is about to tip over to 7000 followers (which is very exciting!) so I am celebrating with a giveaway. Head on over to Facebook giveaway  for a chance to win a blue tit goody bag, with prints, a note book and a baby blue tit.

If you don’t have facebook you can still enter by leaving a comment on this blog post or signing up for my newsletter here:


Bird a Day Challenge – Mini Exhibition


Bird a day challenge Mini Exhibition


Bird a day challenge Mini Exhibition


Bird a day challenge Mini Exhibition


Bird a day challenge Mini Exhibition


Bird a day challenge Mini Exhibition


Bird a day challenge Mini Exhibition


Bird a day challenge Mini Exhibition


Bird a day challenge Mini Exhibition


Bird a day challenge Mini Exhibition


Bird a day challenge Mini Exhibition

Bird a Day: Final Thoughts

So the Bird a Day Challenge is over… here are a few questions I’ve been asked over the last week.

How do you feel now?

It’s finally over… it’s a strange feeling to be at the end of something, I do feel a sense of achievement at having done what I set out to do and I am tempted to make it a regular thing in my crafting as it forces me to be creative.


Doing something creative everyday has had a positive impact upon my well being and peace of mind too. I feel a lot better than I did at the beginning of the year, when I felt burnt out. People find it strange when I talk about not feeling creative considering the job I do but sometimes even a creative job starts to feel like a bit of a slog. I do feel more invigorated… things are starting to feel normal again.

What were your favourite birds to make?

My favourites surprised me! They were the ones that were most challenging initially but turned out the best. I’m very fond of the Spoonbill, Pelican, Dodo and the seagull… but my favourite is the Tree Creeper, because I saw one in the park and he caught the feeling of him perfectly!

Was it hard to make a bird in an hour?

The felting part is the easy bit! Making them tiny and starting with the bead cuts the time down… It’s the photographing and blogging that really takes up time! I didn’t take that into account when I set out to do this so it ended up taking up 2 hours of my day rather than just 1… next time I think I will find a better way to just snap a quick picture. 

Did you miss any days?

I didn’t miss out a day of making but sometimes there just wasn’t time to photograph things or I was too tired. That just meant a couple of days when there were double posts. 

Are you sick of looking at tiny bird feet?


Wait next time? You’re going to do this again?

Yes… but maybe not for a while… or on a weekly basis rather than daily.

When will the birds be up for sale?

I’m hoping to get them up for sale by monday… I will keep you posted.

What Advice would you give to anyone taking on a challenge like this?

Go for it! Even if you think you might fail… you should go for it. Find something that works for you and make sure you find a way to share it as being held accountable by others is great motivation. II have to admit… I tried something like this once before and didn’t share it and I failed, sharing was the best thing, it’s hard to work in a vacuum. You’ll be amazed how supportive people can be! 

Also… make the time to do it, it could be anything, make a bird a day, a drawing a day, write something, bake something… it’s worth it, you’ll feel like a different person at the end an you will want to keep being creative!

Bird a Day

31 days of birds

Bird a Day: Last Day: Dodo Bird

Day 31: Dodo Bird

he Dodo used to walk around,

And take the sun and air.

The sun yet warms his native ground—

The Dodo is not there!
The voice which used to squawk and squeak

Is now forever dumb—

Yet may you see his bones and beak

All in the Mu-se-um.
by: Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953)

Bird a Day: Day 30: Pelican

Bird a Day: Day 29 – Toucan

Bird a Day: Day 28: Floofy Bird

Bird a Day: Day 28: Floofy Bird

Bird a Day: Day 27: Chicken and Chicks

Bird a Day: Day 27: Chicken and Chicks

A very happy Easter from me and Mr Felt