Thanks for all your bird suggestions guys, I really appreciate it! (please do keep them coming!)
I've had lots of fun looking up the birds you've mentioned and I'm very much looking forward to sitting down with a pencil and some paper and starting lots of birdie sketches in preparation for some new designs :)
This week, in between emails and admin and parcel-packing and all that other stuff, I've been gradually cutting out lots and lots of pieces in preparation for restocking my current range of bird brooches... there are teeny felt shapes everywhere:
It will take me a long while to actually sew all those birds together, but I'm trying to be extra organised this year and cut pieces out in batches so I've always got some ready for when I fancy doing some sewing. Well, that's the plan, anyway!