It’s all about the eyes.
The next section of the owl pattern is huge so we’ll break it down into two posts/weeks. This week is focused on the head and features. We will talk a lot about one pattern piece – eye 3. The goal for this week is to complete the head, eyes, horns, beak, and head cover.
The eyes are a huge part of the attitude of your owl. How you use (or don’t use) eye pattern piece 3 makes a big difference in what sort of owl turns up. Adding a little extra fabric, changing the shape, fraying or not fraying an edge or skipping the overhanging lid entirely creates a lot of your owl’s personality.
let’s look at a few:
Chillingworth, a very bad owl, the original dastardly owl, devours you with his eyes. Probably don’t look directly into them… He is monochrome, all the same fabric with subtle differences in tone. The fabric is heavily frayed, eye piece 3 is pressed over the buttons for the hooded effect and his buttons don’t match exactly, adding to his diabolical gaze.
Skimpole, the narcissist, is somewhere between with his wide-eyed affectation of innocence. Instead of eye piece 3 I used a circle (the size of a quarter).
And finally Mr. Tibbles and Mr. Wickles. Nothing sinister here, the effect is primitive and simple, just circles of fabric and buttons. This is why you need to make a lot of owls – so many possibilities!
sew-along links : * owl – week one *about sew-alongs *owl sewing pattern
community links : facebook group and stitch club – the ann wood handmade community
PS – Are you behind on your owl? Join the club. The holidays are super jammed but try to carve out even a few minutes everyday. It’s not so much about a deadline as consistency, so your owl does not drift onto the “to be finished someday pile”. I’m stretched time-wise this week but I’m gonna sew my beak tomorrow – do-able. And finish the eyes on Sunday – I can handle that. I’ll cut horns on Tuesday etc. etc. baby steps for the win. Join us in the community to see owls in progress!
See you next Friday for week 3 : feathers
Will your owl be a naughty or nice? Let us know in the comments!
More complex than expected.
Maybe you could be more specific.
I just re-listened to Bleak House, and lived that owl #2 was Skimpole – I will never picture that character again without seeing your houndstooth owl! What wonderful flights if whimsy we are able to enjoy with these creatures (Dickens would approve!)
My dear brand-new daughter -in- law and I are taking a whole Saturday to do our owls, start to finish, on the kitchen table – I am so very excited! Thanks again for the patterns and all the wonderful teaching!
Thanks Melissa! I hope your owl making day is lovely!!
She wants to be mischievous!