Jan 6, 2015


 As most of you know I always start with a sketch on tissue paper.  I like to place it where I plan on using it to make sure the size is right and the pose and the position.

 I cut a thin piece of background fabric to place all the feathers on.

 The eyes and tiny and require a lot of patience to cut out.

 I use the tissue to place all the eye parts.

 He looks very wierd here but you must have faith that once all this comes together and he gets a
haircut....or should I say a feather cut...he will look oh so much better.

 Better but still pretty crazy.

The feather trim helped a lot...see what did I tell you.   Now the tail feathers which are furthest back go on.

 Then the wing feathers are constructed and placed on.  Chest feathers are added and he is done.

Saw Whet Owls are very small....maybe around 7 or 8 inches.  So he sits up on this little tree like a tree top ornament.  Now to quilt him which will make his feathers come alive.


WoolenSails said...

It's funny, but for some reason when I thought bird, an owl came to mind, lol. Love the process and how you put each piece together for the owl, then to the tree.


Sewing Up A Storm said...

I knew the surprise was going to be a bird. I love birds especially owls. He is just adorable!!!! I can't wait to see what he looks like with the quilting you will do next.

I really want to get back into my pictorial quilts this year........I do needle turn applique. Maybe an owl will be just the thing. Now to try to find just the right owl. I did make an owl pincushion last year.

Susan Turney said...

I'll tell you what. This one is going to be sold the minute you finish it, just like the last one. It's just too wonderful.

Unknown said...

I knew it would be a bird, but I thought maybe a chickadee or some other winter bird. Thank you for all the pictures showing the progress and your technique. Where is your book????

Barbara Strobel Lardon said...

I do not think a book is in my future but am flattered you think I should write one.
I like to spend all of the time I can creating...it is what I love to do.

Libby Fife said...

Oh ye of little faith! Of course he is going to look great!

Loris said...

So happy to see another owl in your work :-) We are blessed with another burrowing owl that we see on our walk every day. Last year we had none...it was so dry here on the west coast that they probably stayed up north... or wherever it is that they go. This year we have had some rain and we welcomed our friend's visit!

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