Coastal Layers - Bird Emroidery
with Deborah Campbell

Textile mixed media art project


Join Deborah on her exciting new online workshop ‘Coastal Layers – Bird Embroidery’

Explore the process she uses to create her coastal bird textiles.

A question Deborah Campbell, a textile mixed media artist, is asked again and again is how she goes about creating her bird textiles, so she decided to divulge a few secrets and offer her new online workshop which will take you through the process of creating a bird embroidery that emerges from a textured background.

It was during the lockdown when Deborah decided she needed a challenge and in a moment of madness she set herself a brief to create the A to Z of Coastal Birds in print and stitch. She has always had an interest in our feathered friends. When she is out painting in the coastal landscape, she’s always fascinated by the constant bird activity going on around her as she sits quietly painting away.

Although her initial interest was in the coastal landscape her attention was soon diverted to the bird life and how Deborah could incorporate them into her work.

Discover new processes

The bird embroidery online workshop will take you through Deborah’s own process of how to apply a coastal bird to a patterned background and have it emerging from that background.

  • You will use sheers to create shape, form and tonal differences
  • Learn how to use your sewing machine as a drawing tool
  • Consider colour and visual balance within your textile
  • Blend different coloured stitches to achieve shading and form
  • Add final embellishment and detail with hand embroidery

Build on existing skills

Don’t worry if you haven’t done the ‘Coastal Layers’ workshop as this is a stand- alone workshop, where you can use your own patterned and textured fabrics and still achieve great results. However, if you would like to create your own printed fabrics for your background, we would suggest buying the ‘Coastal Layers workshop’.

For this workshop we would suggest you have some experience with free motion embroidery, if you’re a beginner to free motion embroidery we would suggest you start with the ‘Costal Layers workshop’.

Meet your tutor - Deborah Campbell

I’m Deborah Campbell and I’m a mixed media/textile artist based in Kilmacolm on the West of Scotland. I have a fascination for bringing recycled fabrics back to life, through combining print and stitch. I trained in Printed Textiles at Glasgow School of Art and have a wide knowledge and experience of printing on fabric.

My textile artwork is inspired by Scotland’s Coastal Landscape and Birdlife. Since art school I have always been fascinated by print, however my approach to print now is much more painterly and spontaneous using quite simply methods of printing, which don’t require a huge amount of equipment. I love to work onto many different fabric textures including organza and gauze which give me the option to create depth of colour and pattern through layering. These fabrics are then collaged together and I use my free motion sewing machine needle and thread as a drawing tool to create complex organic artworks.

Materials you'll need

  • Felt or Bonded lining for the base
  • A selection of printed fabric 
  • A selection of plain sheer organza’s 
  • Acrylic paints, paper, and pencils 
  • Threads for free motion embroidery and hand embroidery.

(you’ll receive a more detailed list of materials once signing up)

Deborah has chosen the Oystercatcher as her coastal bird to demonstrate the process. This image was obtained from an online image library which is a site designed for artists to use for reference material at affordable prices and not having to worry about copyright laws. The cost for you to use the oystercatcher image is included in the workshop. 


Become a member of Deborah’s textile family

You will have the opportunity to join Deborah’s Facebook Group which is a fantastic place to share your work and get feedback as well as ask questions about the course.

Once enrolled you will have instant and lifetime access to the entire course so you can go through the videos & worksheets at your own pace.

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*Disclaimer: at the time of publishing, the conversion of £80 to USD was $102, but please check your bank for the most up-to-date rate.