VIRTUAL "Bird of the Month": 12-Month Series
Series: Fourth Saturday of each month*
Time: All workshops run from 10am-1pm
Description: Learn to needle felt (or sharpen your skills) while creating a flock of woolen feathered friends. This 12-month offering highlights some of Pennsylvania's beloved birds. Choose your favorite or sign up for all 12!
Fiber artist and backyard bird enthusiast Erin Carlson will guide you through the needle felting process as you look closely to observe the shape and markings of each species while an Audubon Society educator provides additional facts and information .A perfect blending of art and science!
How it Works: Contemporary Craft is thrilled to be partnering with Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania to present this virtual needle felted "Bird of the Month" series over Zoom.
Each workshop begins with instruction on needle felting your bird. Once you are underway with your project, an educator from Audubon Society will share wonderful insights about the bird you are making. Then we will rejoin our instructor, Erin, who will help you finish your bird.
Choose a 3-Bird or 6-Bird package and pick whichever birds you want to make! You can also register for just 1 bird by clicking on the dates below.
UPDATE (July 9, 2021): Many of our live bird workshops have sold out. All of the recorded sessions for January through June have also sold out. You may still register for a multi-bird package but will only be able to select the options in blue.
January 23 - Red Breasted Nuthatch - LIVE ZOOM & RECORDINGS SOLD OUT
A winter favorite often seen clinging head-down on the sides of trees
February 27 - Red Winged Blackbird - LIVE ZOOM & RECORDINGS SOLD OUT
A marshland bird with a voice of gold
March 27 - American Robin - LIVE ZOOM & RECORDINGS SOLD OUT
The harbinger of Spring
April 24 - Scarlet Tanager - LIVE ZOOM & RECORDINGS SOLD OUT
Look for this ruby-red forest bird while you search for morels!
May 22 - Barn Swallow - LIVE ZOOM & RECORDINGS SOLD OUT
An acrobatic flyer that feeds "on the wing"
June 26 - Eastern Bluebird - LIVE ZOOM & RECORDINGS SOLD OUT
The sky-blue favorite that is sure to brighten your day
July 24 - Ruby-Throated Hummingbird LIVE ZOOM SOLD OUT (you can still register for July and receive the materials and a recording of the Zoom session)
An energetic and territorial pollinator
August 28 - American Goldfinch - LIVE ZOOM SOLD OUT (you can still register for August and receive the materials and a recording of the Zoom session)
Brightest gold with a formidable seed-cracking beak
These sleek and social birds travel in flocks and love berries
October 23 - Barn Owl - LIVE ZOOM SOLD OUT (you can still register for October and receive the materials and a recording of the Zoom session)
A ghostly pale face and a heart-stopping screech
November 20* (third Saturday of the month) - Downy Woodpecker - LIVE ZOOM SOLD OUT (you can still register for November and receive the materials and a recording of the Zoom session)
These cute little woodpeckers are welcome fall visitors
So beautiful against the white snow and evergreen branches
To register for individual birds, click on the dates above.
Materials: Erin has put together a specific materials kit for each bird for $10. Kits may be picked up at Contemporary Craft (5645 Butler St., Pittsburg, PA 15201) or at Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania (614 Dorseyville Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15238). You can also have your kits shipped to you for an additional fee.
In addition, each student will need a Starter Kit with a foam block and 3 felting needles for $10. Don't forget to add the Starter Kit to your registration. If you have experience needle felting and already have a foam block and felting needles, you do not need to purchase the Starter Kit.
Location: The comfort of your own home.
Cancellations and Refunds: Workshop cancellations are decided three business days before the start date. If workshops must be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, the entire class fee will be refunded through Eventbrite, or you may leave your workshop fee in your Contemporary Craft account for future workshops.
Refund Policy: Student refund requests must be made at least three business days before a class begins. There will be a $25 cancellation fee. No refunds will be given without three-business days notice. Processing of refunds takes approximately three weeks.
If you require accessibility accommodations, please let us know by calling 412.261.7003 and we are happy to assist you.
About the Artist
Red Cottage Fiber Studio is the home and workspace of fiber artist Erin Carlson. Red Cottage is about craft, fiber, and gardening with a focus on needle felted wool sculpture and weaving.
Presented in partnership with the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania