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

36. Sewing Fundamentals Session 2: Zipper Bag

Learn how to sew zippers with this incredibly useful project. You will gain zipper-sewing confidence and will leave you wanting to make more pouches for all your friends! Bring two fat quarters of fabric (one for the outside of the pouch, one for the lining) 100% cotton is preferred but not mandatory. 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.

35. Sewing Fundamentals Session 1: Fabric Basket

This is the perfect project for beginner sewers! Learn the basics of machine sewing and build your sewing confidence all while making a fun and oh-so handy storage basket. Bring two fat quarters of fabric (one for the outside of the basket, one for the lining) 100% cotton is preferred but not mandatory. 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.

33. Embroidery 1

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

34. Embroidery 2

Take your embroidery to the next level with another 8-10 stitches. This class will focus on slightly more complicated stitches and stich variations. You will learn more about creating and transferring your own embroidery designs and leave with a sampler pattern to complete.