Week 3 – the feathers
This section is all about his feathers and wings. The first layer is the foundation, the tail top and bottom, back cover and stomach cover.
Before we talk about that please notice the odd shapes on my cutting mat. They are what’s left after cutting pattern pieces for his features. The shapes are accidental, unconscious and intriguing, good to save for inspiration. I’m saving them for my next 100 stitchbook project beginning early next year. If you feel like joining me you might want to save some too – they can be a great place to start.
The stomach cover is a major feature, nothing goes over it so the fabric choice and stitch detail makes a big contribution to the look of the owl. I went with a contrasting straight stitch and used the same bold pinstripe that’s on his head. Definitely going for a “suited” old timey menswear feeling for this guy.
The other foundation pieces peek out from underneath the wings and feathers, adding to the layered feel. The end result looks complex but it’s easy to create.
Also notice another owl has turned up. Despite barely being able to keep up with one owl I’ve added another. He’s been hanging around here almost done for years so I’d love to get the green guy over the finish line too. You might also notice that her is velvet, so difficult to work with, I usually avoid it but this green velvet was irresistible.
Sticking with the same browns used for the features I added the tail and side feathers. The wings were next and before adding the final two layers of feathers I pushed some stuffing under the wind for some extra dimension.
See you on 12/16 for talons and finishing touches!
Love the green velvet guy! I have some vintage brown velvet that I like a lot. I used it for one of your owl ornaments and it made a lovely and simple pattern unnecessarily complicated. I’ll probably do it again though.
I just finished the feathers. Each layer is adding so much character!! On to the wings next.
I am loving the process and the pattern. Thanks Ann.