on my work table

It’s nice to have a mix of paper and sewing projects, as glue or paint or paper mache is drying I sew – it makes me feel like an overachiever.  I’m also spending time everyday working on my class for Squam in September and  patterns for my make something project – I’ll have an update on both of those a little later this week. Below is a peek at what I’m working on:

owl and mushrooms on my worktable

Some sewing – a little owl and mushrooms. I think that indigo print is the most owly fabric ever – thank you Sri Threads.

Get the sewing patterns:

a pdf dastardly owl sewing pattern     little mushroom pattern

And paper flamingos! I can’t make them without also making a big pink mess – I’m making 60 this week, flamingo madness……

flamingo mess

ship work

Ship progress- I haven’t made a translucent ship hull in such a long time I forgot how  and had half a dozen painful failures on the way to this one.


And a  big guy, Nestor, a dark and rubenesque owl just finished.




  1. Do you think you will ever sell a pattern or kit for the flamingos? I would love to make one!!!! They are amazing.

  2. Christine Bell

    What a wonderful trio of birds, I too would love to make a flamingo, they are gorgeous!

  3. annwood

    Thanks so much – The flamingos are fun to make and I am putting together a kit so you can make them too!

  4. sallie a kane

    Hi Ann,
    I would love to know what ur process is regarding the translucent ships. It looks like a wire base, and do u just bend, shape and twist the wire together? and is it several pieces, depending on size of ship? I know you are very very busy, and if u have a sec, would u mind sharing ur process?
    thank you,
    your tutorials got me through this long cold winter!
    sallie kane

  5. Flamingo Madness indeed! That looks like quite a consuming project – and then to be done simultaneously with the others, well, you will deserve a break after all that!! Love Nestor’s paunch and pompousness!

  6. LOVE the flamingo! Would also like to make one (or more!)

  7. Julia D.

    The flamingo is wonderful and glad to hear your going to do a pattern or kit. I still really want your pattern or kit for the mushrooms if you consider doing those. Your owls are just spectacular as always and Nestor is so dashingly sinister looking. Just love him.
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful talents.

  8. Your images are so interesting to look at Ann. I think your gorgeous owls are what attracted me to your work in the first place, and those lovely mushrooms! Love them a LOT. 🙂 I want to try to design my own toadstool/mushroom……one day……..
    Now if one has to have a mess, that beautiful pink one would be the best in my opinion! ;D Such an elegant flamingo. ♥

  9. Your owls’ names are as delightful as they, themselves, are ominous. Perfectly paired.

  10. Wonderful artworks, but most of all I like your owl looking so grimly.
    Making 60 flamingos must have been very boring.
    Dear Greeting

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  13. Anne , I think we would be great buddies if ever we had a chance ……Someone once said my basement studio was “Fertile” I have sewing machines ,minature dolls and furniture along with watercolor and acrylic paintings going on ..one idea leads to another .Thank you for sharing your creativity with the world !(and me )

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